Patients and staff at the Beryl Street clinic will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with a biscuit in the final week of May.
Patients and staff at the Beryl Street clinic will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with a biscuit in the final week of May. Tweed Daily News

Kelley's got the kettle on

YOU do not have to twist Kelley Bowman's arm for a hot cuppa.

The Coastal Orthodontics receptionist is organising one of the area's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea events - more than a month in advance.

Patients and staff at the Beryl Street clinic will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with a biscuit in the final week of May.

All that is asked for in return is a gold coin donation.

“We do a lot of fundraising events here and they are always a lot of fun,” Ms Bowman said.

“We've been doing the Biggest Morning Tea for more than two years here.”

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is one of the Cancer Council's leading fundraising events and the most successful event of its kind in Australia.

More than $60 million has been raised since it first began in 1994.

The official date is Thursday, May 28, but events can be held during May or June.

“We will be doing it for a whole week from May 25 to May 29,” Ms Bowman said.

“It's not just for patients. Anyone walking by on the street can come in and, for a gold coin, enjoy a drink and a biscuit.

“We've always said it's a great way to help out.”

Ms Bowman said many staff members have a personal connection with fundraising for cancer.

“Almost everyone here has been touched by a friend or a relative with cancer, so we're all happy to help out,” she said.

Ms Bowman is hoping to raise $100 at Coastal Orthodontics to contribute to the national goal of $11 million.

Funds raised during Australia's Biggest Morning Tea go towards Cancer Council projects including research, prevention, education and support for cancer patients.

  • To find out about other morning tea events in the Tweed or to start your own, visit www.biggest morningtea.com.au.


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