• Amber Ferry, Suzanne and Brian O'Connor and Molly McDonald-Crowley

    Amber Ferry, Suzanne and Brian O'Connor and Molly McDonald-Crowley

  • Catherine Bandle and Paul Jurak

    Catherine Bandle and Paul Jurak

  • Teeny Tiny Tea Cups.........

    Teeny Tiny Tea Cups.........

  • Joan Waldren and John Mackay

    Joan Waldren and John Mackay

  • Dragons Abreast with Paul Jurak and Lesley Hindley (centre)

    Dragons Abreast with Paul Jurak and Lesley Hindley (centre)

  • Dorothy Barclay and Kylie McCafferty

    Dorothy Barclay and Kylie McCafferty

  • Tim Gavel and Dorothy Barclay

    Tim Gavel and Dorothy Barclay

  • Tracey Thompson, Karen Armstrong, Sherry Ward and Diana Ryan

    Tracey Thompson, Karen Armstrong, Sherry Ward and Diana Ryan

  • Ann Calabria, Filomena Capezio, Marilyn Fenner, Diana Lipscombe and Anna Capezio

    Ann Calabria, Filomena Capezio, Marilyn Fenner, Diana Lipscombe and Anna Capezio

  • Satomi Tajima and Seiko Umebayashi

    Satomi Tajima and Seiko Umebayashi

World'sBiggest Morning Tea 2016

26 May 2016

The World’s Biggest Morning Tea survives and prospers when good people keep finding ways to encourage us all to make this simple but successful fundraising effort an absolute in our increasingly busy lives. We are continually confronted with ‘worthy causes’ vying for our charitable effort and you do have to find that elusive hook to grab attention.

 For Dorothy Barclay and her fabulous family the Forest Motor Lodge has been the centre of their WBMT fundraising efforts for 18 years and I’ve been at many loving the changing face of attendees the absolute regulars and the support that comes from so many Canberra companies.

Canberra Milk is one of those local companies and the kids from Forrest Primary School in the Big Brass Band who pop over the road into the marquee come rain hail or shine are the recipients of that milk and remind us all that maybe milk at school is one way to assist our dairy farmers. At least today’s kids would have the benefit of refrigeration unlike the warm stuff we drank!

But I digress from the WBMT where hot chocolate was the preferred tipple on the first of our miserable days this season and lots of sweet treats to accompany it were too hard to refuse. The silent auctions were off and running with Jane Brown, a long time supporter of the event, having again donated treasures for ladies who love real bling. And in keeping with tradition the guest speaker spoke of a cancer experience to remind us all that it is a disease that can put fear into the strongest and shows no one is immune to its selection process.

The Dragon’s Abreast girls were there for a photo opportunity with none other than Paul Jurak, who not only did a repeat performance of his cancer story after wowing the guests last year and who paddles often but probably not as intensely as these formidable fillies who inspire and are, for me especially, the fonts of all knowledge about breast cancer and the aftermath that survivors contend with. Love them all dearly and recommend them to anyone who needs a different perspective on recovery and rehabilitation.  

It’s a lovely start to any day to have a proper morning tea, that it can benefit research into breast cancer is the best bonus.