Rain failed to dampen the spirit of participants who emerged in large numbers for Australia’s biggest ‘Morning Tea’ organised by Noel Harrison for Neighbourhood Watch at the Newtown Rose Garden Cottage Saturday.
“We have had a lot more people here than I thought we would have when I woke up this (Saturday) morning and saw the rain,” said Harrison.
Apart from the requisite morning tea, Harrison had a slew of items, including raffles and auctions of food, towel towers, pillow cases, jams, chutneys and plants, on offer for the participants of the morning tea. He said he really enjoys organising such morning teas and doing his bit for an important cause.
Harrison, who was hoping to raise around $2000 this year, said the rain put a bit of a dampener on his expectations but he would be happy if they made over $1000. Last year, $1.7 million was raised in Queensland. The amount is either used for cancer research or for the welfare of related patients or survivors.
In a related event, locals and visitors converged at the Mumbil Store last Thursday to have a cuppa. Hosted by Mumbil District Progress Association, the Cancer Council event raised $278, including donations of $50 each from Mumbil-Stuart Town CWA and Mumbil District Progress Association.