Country star a tea sweetener

CAKES, coffee and tea were top of the menu for the Tamworth launch of the Biggest Morning Tea yesterday.

TEA FOR TWO: Cancer Council’s Sarah Royall with country singer-songwriter Aleyce Simmonds launching the Biggest Morning Tea season. Photo: Barry Smith 140514BSB03

TEA FOR TWO: Cancer Council’s Sarah Royall with country singer-songwriter Aleyce Simmonds launching the Biggest Morning Tea season. Photo: Barry Smith 140514BSB03

Cancer Council communication and events co-ordinator Sarah Royall said the launch hoped to raise $5000 between 7am and midday.

It was well on its way to reaching its target as people grabbed breakfast 

on their way to work from 7am and passersby enjoyed tea, coffee and cakes throughout the morning.

Tamworth artists Natalie Butcher and Aleyce Simmonds lent their support to the fundraiser, providing musical entertainment to draw foodies in.

Ms Royall said there were 400 Biggest Morning Tea events throughout the north west during May.

“The event is obviously well-loved,” she said.

“They are held throughout May, but the official day is May 22, but it’s up to the host how they want to do it.

“They are integral because it is such a big fundraiser.”

Aleyce said she was excited to be able to assist the Cancer Council with the fundraiser.

“I take any opportunity to come home, but it’s particularly important to do it for this special reason,” she said.

“I’ve organised a Biggest Morning Tea at my day job for three years in Sydney, but this was a great opportunity to be part of the Tamworth launch.”

The NSW Cancer Council hopes to raise $4.4 million this year, which goes to research and education for various cancers.

Last year, the organisation invested $14.4 million into research grants.

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