Every cuppa counts at Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Knights Nannas with some of the players - Wendy Hepplewhite, Margaret Chandler, James McManus, Elaine Roberts, Jarrod Mullen, Carol Johnson, Akuila Uate and Joan Delaforce - in a publicity shot for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea in the Hunter.

Knights Nannas with some of the players - Wendy Hepplewhite, Margaret Chandler, James McManus, Elaine Roberts, Jarrod Mullen, Carol Johnson, Akuila Uate and Joan Delaforce - in a publicity shot for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea in the Hunter.

THE Knights Nannas are known for following their beloved team across the countryside.

On the bus trips, they always have amazing sweet treats, home-made of course, to share.

However, on Monday eight dedicated nannas took one for the team. They missed the game in Manly to stay at home to bake for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

Dedicated Daffodil Day fund-raisers, the group decided to branch out and hold its first Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, yesterday, May 20, at Wallsend Bowling Club.

Organiser Joan Delaforce said they spent all day Monday cooking up a storm - butterfly cakes, sponges, scones and a variety of slices including passionfruit, lemon, chocolate and caramel.

As The Star went to press, the nannas were serving countless cuppas with sweet treats accompanied by a raffle, tombola and lucky door prizes.

Their wish was for a sell-out that would help the Cancer Council Hunter Branch reach its $373,000 target.

The nannas will be joined by 807 hosts across the Hunter. Some will hold their morning teas on the official date, this Thursday, May 22, while others have opted for other days in May or June.

The funds will go to the Cancer Council's prevention programs, research, and support and advocacy services for people affected by cancer.

In the past 12 months, the Hunter's support services have included 3530 calls from locals to the Cancer Helpline; 37,672 booklets distributed; 148 patients and carers received pro bono legal or financial advice; 1208 visits to information centres in Gosford and Newcastle; 77 patients received home support and 198 patients received financial support.

Cancer Council regional manager Shayne Connell said raise your cup for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea - as every cuppa counts.

He said it was a little known fact the the Cancer Council was 69 per cent funded by the community and the Biggest Morning Tea fund-raiser was 25 per cent of its events income.

"It's so easy to get involved, hold or attend an event - big or small - to help raise funds," he said.

Go to www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or phone 1300 656 585 to host or register an event in May or June.

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