Retiree Community Raises Funds – Ballarat Times
EVERY May and June provides an opportunity to support cancer research around tea and sweets with the Cancer Council’s largest annual morning tea fundraiser in Australia.
Residents of Hemsley Park took part in this year’s events late last month and raised $650 in the process.
About 50 members of the Ballarat East retirement village attended morning tea, and committee member Evie McColl said it brought the whole community together.
“Everyone brought a plate and we all shared things like sponge cake, scones, profiteroles. That was all people wanted to bring,” she said.
“We had a donation box and raffle tickets with people bringing in paintings, handmade scarves and different things that people just dropped off.”
“For us to achieve this much with some of our residents who are still wary of COVID, we’re pretty happy with that.”
Since its launch in 1994, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea initiative has raised over $7 million with nearly 20,000 registered hosts.
Hemsley Park also raises money for cancer foundations like the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute and Shannon’s Bridge.
Ms McColl said it was good to see the community coming together for a worthy cause after two years of lockdown.
“We try to do something at least once a month now to make it easier for everyone to come back, and most people everywhere have someone who died of cancer,” she said.
“So our small contribution is a drop in the bucket, but for a small community, we’re pretty proud of ourselves.”
“I think we give a lot with what we have.”