Friday, 15 April 2016
Leading names in WA business have stepped out of the boardroom to pop the kettle on in support of one of Australia’s longest running fundraising events.
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea has been raising much-needed money and awareness for Cancer Council over more than two decades, and in 2016, Perth business leaders are lending their support to the campaign.
With one in two Australians estimated to be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, Cancer Council Western Australia said these influential business leaders will not only have been personally affected, but will have seen the disease impact on their staff and their families.
Cancer Council WA CEO Susan Rooney said by registering their business to hold a morning tea, employers can show they’re aware of the indiscriminate nature of this disease.
“Opening the company boardroom to share a cup of tea and some delicious food with your employees can seem such as simple idea. Yet, by taking part in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea employers can connect with staff who have been affected by cancer, while at the same time raise funds for the Cancer Council,” Ms Rooney said.
“Throughout May and June people right across Australia will be gathering for their Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea functions. The official date is Thursday, 26th May – a work day, so it’s the perfect excuse for management to lead by example and hold an event at work!
“All money raised helps fund the Cancer Council’s life-saving cancer research, prevention programs, and support services for cancer patients and their families.”
Nine Perth Managing Director, Ray Wardrop, has encouraged all bosses in Perth consider getting involved.
“No one is immune from the impact of cancer – as they say, it doesn’t discriminate – which is why I encourage other bosses to consider holding an event for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to boost their fundraising efforts and help to one day find a cure for this terrible disease,” Mr Wardrop said.
“I’m very aware that cancer will have an impact on all members of my team, either by experiencing it personally or seeing it affect a loved one. It’s a terrible disease and we’ve registered to hold at event at Nine Perth to show our support and also make a financial contribution to the cause.”
With one Australian diagnosed with cancer every five minutes, Cancer Council Western Australia is aiming to raise $1.7 million during Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in 2016. The goal nationally is $13.8 million.
Getting involved is easy. Register at www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85, to receive a free host kit.