‘Biggest Morning Tea’ helps cancer care

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Cupcakes, chocolate slice, jam scones, coconut drops and much more – volunteers at Hollywood Private Hospital have been serving up tasty delights to raise thousands of dollars for a great cause.

Their efforts in hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at the Perth hospital for the past 10 years have brought in around $20,000 for Cancer Council Australia. 

This year, eight volunteers raised $2,249 for the cause by selling cakes and raffle tickets in the hospital foyer on Thursday 27 May 2021. 

“Hollywood is proud to support this worthy cause and appreciate the efforts of our volunteers,” Director of Clinical Services Karen Gullick said. 

“As well as the volunteers who help out on the day, there are a lot of people who provide support behind the scenes, such as those who provide baked goods or donate items for the raffle. 

“They all do a wonderful job.” 

The annual Biggest Morning Tea campaign helps fund research, prevention and support services for those affected by cancer.  

More than $5.6 million has already been raised by 20,000-plus registered hosts nationwide holding events in May and June 2021.

Volunteer Vicki Lefort, a former oncology/haematology nurse at Hollywood Private, said Cancer Council Australia was one of her favourite charities. 

“I became involved in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea over 20 years ago in my own home,” Mrs Lefort said. 

“When I retired from nursing, I stayed on as a volunteer and suggested holding Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at Hollywood. 

“Our first morning tea was in 2012 and over the years we have raised between $2,000 and $3,000 at each event.” 

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