Jewells gems raise record amount at Biggest Morning Tea
IN THEIR 13th year of fundraising for the Cancer Council, local retirement village residents of Jewells Lifestyle Community have raised a very impressive and record breaking $6330 at their annual Biggest Morning Tea event this week. Number 13 has certainly proven itself the charm.
Since May 2006, the residents have gathered as friends in their village clubhouse to bake together, faithfully fill their kettles together, laugh together and raise money together with family, friends and community as their annual contribution to the national Cancer Council fundraiser.
This year this small community of friends surpassed their previous best total by more than $1200 and watched their cumulative 13-year fundraising tally grow to break $56,000.
"Knowing that every five minutes across the country one Australian is diagnosed with cancer, is the only inspiration we need to make our cuppas count every single year at our little event", says village resident and organiser Penny Gawthorn.
"We started with just 13 guests raising $300 back in 2016," she said.
And now we regularly have over 120 guests sipping their way towards a cancer-free future with us."
As the years pass, each event becomes more personal for Penny. Originally inspired through the loss of her own husband to cancer, she continues to mobilise fellow residents to support those impacted by cancer in their close-knit Jewells Lifestyle Community.
Each year the event is dedicated to the memory of a few more dear friends and family.
"Each year I shed a few more tears," Penny said. "But each year I am also awed by the difference we make for others through our simple shared love of home-baked goodness and ability to laugh together as a community of friends. I know our dear friends will have been extremely proud of achievements this year, raising record amounts for such a great cause."