The inspiration behind the first City Motors Biggest Morning Tea was that one of the business’s own staff members, dealer principal Mark Benford, was diagnosed with grade four Glioblastoma brain cancer in February this year.
The event was such a success, staff are keen to make it an annual event.
City Motors business manager Tracey Lucas said staff had realised how much of an impact cancer had on so many lives, including many of the business’s employees.
“So as a workplace we decided to do something to show our support and hosted our first Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday, June 14,” Ms Lucas said.
The guests and staff all bought along some food and and had a wonderful morning with a terrific turnout.
Ms Lucas said everyone was very generous.
In addition to the gold coin donation morning tea, the staff had also organised lucky envelopes and door prizes for the guests.
“We were also lucky enough to have local cancer survivor Sue Lawrie available to talk.
“Sue is nothing short of inspirational and spoke about her own personal journey,” Ms Lucas said.
She said Mrs Lawrie’s insight made the morning tea all the more personal and gave everyone a great feeling to help such a worthy cause.
Staff also like that the Cancer Council supports all cancers and offers additional support to country patients.
The morning tea raised $617 and Ms Lucas said staff were sincerely grateful to everyone that supported the event.
“I hope that together we will be able to have many more morning teas as it is so important.
“If we are able to help just one person, then we’ve achieved what we set out to do,” she said.
She said the business’s goal next year was to be bigger and better, and they hoped to see even more people at their 2019 Biggest Morning Tea.
“At the end of the day we all want a cancer-free future and there’s too many statistics out there that need to change,” Ms Lucas said.
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is Cancer Council’s most popular fundraising event and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia.
Next year Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea will be held on May 19.