Cuppa cash to beat cancer

118655_01 Sharmilee Lele and Deepa Kadam.

By YASEMIN TALAT

BRIMBANK residents are being encouraged to have a cuppa with friends and raise much-needed funds to beat cancer this May or June.
Friends Deepa Kadam and Sharmilee Lele have already got the kettle boiling with their ideas for their Biggest Morning Tea.
And the pair said it was definitely going to be big.
Ms Kadam and Ms Lele usually host their own morning tea each year at home or at work, but this year decided to come together and organise an even bigger event, with up to 150 expected to attend.
“This is our contribution to the community,” Ms Lele said.
“We want to help bring more awareness about the Cancer Council, and the resources and support they offer cancer patients and the research they do,” she said.
The friends hoped the fund-raiser would be a great social gathering among friends and family, as well as educational, especially for the children who were participating.
Ms Kadam said they were hoping to raise $2000, which would then be matched dollar for dollar by her work place CGU Insurance.
Ms Lele, who is a school teacher at Brookside College in Caroline Springs, said she enjoyed volunteering and regularly held food stalls with her students to raise money for the Breast Cancer Network.
Last year, 98 hosts in Brimbank hosted Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea raising close to $42,000 for the Cancer Council Victoria.
Funds raised at morning teas will help support the 763 Brimbank residents diagnosed with cancer each year, as well as funding world-class research and prevention programs.
To register visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

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