CUPPA FOR CANCER: Russell Gardner (GM NSW), Kerrie Byles (Culture & Recognition Officer), Daryl Parmenter (Engagement & Culture), and Carla Keenan (Member Support).
CUPPA FOR CANCER: Russell Gardner (GM NSW), Kerrie Byles (Culture & Recognition Officer), Daryl Parmenter (Engagement & Culture), and Carla Keenan (Member Support). BCU

Share a cuppa for cancer research

FOR 24-years the Cancer Council NSW has hit a chord with Aussie businesses and community groups giving them a great excuse to share a cuppa and morning tea.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea will see 11,100 morning tea hosted next week raising more than $4.9million across the state.

This year, the Biggest Morning Tea Cookbook has been launched with 29 recipes inspiring people to put the kettle on in support of the one in two Australians who will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight knows just how important Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is for people affected by cancer.

"Probably everyone in the Coffs community has been affected by cancer," Ms Knight said.

"It may be you yourself, it may be a relative or it may be a friend. I doubt any of us have been untouched by this terrible disease. But every year research uncovers new drugs, new approaches and new treatments and it's vitally important that life-saving research is supported until cancer becomes consigned to the history books."

Kerrie Byles, BCU Culture & Recognition Officer on why BCU feels so passionately about supporting Cancer Council's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

"We believe Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is symbolic for our community & for our business as it's an opportunity for our teams to come together, share stories and support each another, and contribute towards making a difference to our communities,” Ms Byles said.

Sarah Royall at Cancer Council NSW's Northern NSW office said one Australian is diagnosed with cancer approximately every five minutes so today is all about making your cuppa count.

"Every amount raised, big or small, can go a long way. $15 allows Cancer Council to provide easy-to-understand information on treatments, practical advice and emotional support to cancer patients and their families. $50 makes sure there's a cancer nurse available on 13 11 20 to offer information and support to callers.

"This year, we're celebrating the unique cancer support services that Australia's Biggest Morning Tea helps fund each year, like Cancer Council's 13 11 20 Information and Support service and the new Online Community, where people affected by cancer can share their experiences with others, Transport to Treatment Services & our face to face Cancer Council Information & Support service located in treatment facilities. 

While Thursday 25th May is the official date for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, registrations are still open to host for the remainder of the month and throughout June. Get involved in an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea by visiting or by calling 1300

To download the free cookbook go to