Big Cuppas

March 01st, 2018
Big Cuppas
With one new case diagnosed in Australia every four minutes cancer has a widespread effect.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is an annual fundraising event that aims to help continue the fight against the disease that has affected most Australians in one form or another.

Members of the Mount Barker Bowling Club have arranged a Big Morning Tea for Monday, March 5 and anybody is welcome to come along.

The club is hoping for a big turnout to help get through a table of cakes and treats.

There will also be a fashion show, a performance from the St Francis De Sales choir, and a raffle with plenty of great prizes.

Raelene Corner from the Mount Barker Bowling Club helped organize the Big Morning Tea.

She has been playing lawn bowls for 12 years after the strain of many decades playing high level netball was too much for her knees.

“Bowling doesn’t put a lot of pressure on your knees,” she said. “I wish I’d quit netball sooner. Maybe then I could have been a champion.”

Raelene recently represented the Mount Barker Bowling Club in a regional tournament in Adelaide.

Health is a big part of playing bowls as it is a great way of staying active both on the green and in the local community.

The Mount Barker Bowling club has a number of members with cancer and also some who have sadly passed.

After one prominent member’s recent difficulty accessing support services, the club formed a committee to host a Big Morning Tea.

“That’s one of the reasons we’re putting this together,” Raelene said.

“We’re hoping we can help people know where to go for support and what to expect with cancer.”

After speeches from members of the Cancer Council and the Jane McGrath foundation, the floor will be opened for questions and further discussion.

Mount Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson will be in attendance.

She said this event is a great opportunity for families and the community to come together and help others.

“Touching people’s lives when they are down is the most important thing we can do,” Ann said.

“We can help take the isolation away and let them know there are people to talk to.”

The $10 entry fee includes morning tea.

Proceeds from the event go to the Cancer Council who offer a range of services to support people affected by cancer.

They also proudly fund more cancer research than any other non-government organisation in Australia.

The Mount Barker Bowling Club has generously offered up their clubrooms for the event, although you will not have a chance to get on their brand new green without the right footwear!

The Big Morning Tea kicks off at 9.30am on March 5 at the Mount Barker Bowling Club on Mann Street.

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