Ballina bowlers behind 'biggest' tea
LADIES in the Ballina Women's Bowling Club are gearing up for their biggest fundraiser of the year.
And that event, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea staged by the Cancer Council, involves them in the largest and most successful event of its kind in Australia.
Club president Evelyn Fox and her lady bowlers have organised the Biggest Morning Tea at the Cherry Street Sports and Recreation Club for the past two years.
"We raised $6500 last year and $6000 the year before," she said.
"All the lady bowlers put in 100 per cent effort. They cook, set it all up and decorate.
"Last year, we had a garden party theme.
"The club contributes - they're awesome. The local radio station promotes it."
While the official date this year is Thursday, May 24, hosts can pick any date in May and June to hold their morning tea.
Ballina bowlers, because of the clubs' full calendar of events and other commitments, will hold theirs on Tuesday, June 26.
Tickets are already being sold for their major raffle with its 12 prizes, and a second raffle will be held on the day.
"The Ramada Hotel has been one of our biggest sponsors, and all the major shopping centres give prizes," Evelyn said.
"We have a little band which comes in and gives its time at the morning tea.
"We ask people to dress up and make it colourful.
"We invited anybody, as many of the clubs as we can.
"The money raised is spent in this area."
Evelyn says one reason for the fantastic support is that everyone knows someone who's suffered from cancer.
"My mother died of cancer. She was only 57," she said.
"I've had a lot of friends who died too young."
By hosting or attending an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, participants will help Cancer Council NSW continue its life-saving cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs.
Events co-ordinator Christina Mastoris says taking part is easy - simply register online as a host, set a date in May or June and start sending out invitations.
"An event can be anything from a small gathering at home or in your workplace to a community bake-off competition in your local area," she said.
This year Cancer Council NSW hopes to raise more than $4.9 million across the state.
Those who want to host can register at biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300656585 to receive a free morning tea host kit.