On May 25, residents from Living Gems by Ruby at Eagleby came together to host Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in support of the Australian Cancer Council. The event was a huge success, raising over $1,500 dollars.
Committee members Beryl Suter and Heather Redman jointly came up with the idea to host an event and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly. This was the first time current committee members had taken part in the national morning tea, and they were overwhelmed by the turnout.
Beryl mentioned that a successful event would involve about forty people – but that they would panic if attendance climbed to eighty. They were in disbelief when numbers reached 160, with some guests travelling from nearby residences to be part of the day. After the final count, the actual turnout surpassed expectations with over 200 people showing up armed with a plate of food and donations at the ready.
“We just kept advertising the event at meals, bingo and social evenings – and attendance exploded!” said Beryl.
Beryl and Heather were also able to attract support from local sponsors IGA Eagleby & Woolworths Beenleigh, which both supplied food vouchers to help cater the day. The Beenleigh Cheesecake shop also came on board and donated an assortment of cakes.
To help raise additional funds, Beryl and Heather ran a raffle with gift packs of wine, chocolates, cosmetics and jewellery. The raffles proved popular with residents.
When asked why they wanted to support the cause, Redman noted that,
“It’s important to us, because everyone knows someone who has been touched by Cancer. Many of our residents, friends and family have been affected. We wanted to do what we could to to support”