Sharing a cuppa for cancer

IT’s that time of the year when you do a cuppa for cancer.

The Biggest Morning Tea is a time for thousands of us to raise a cup – and raise some money for cancer research while remembering those cut down by cancer.

Vicki McKnight and Kathy Cameron, pictured, are just two are do it for the love of others – and they’re doing it again this year.

For two it’s tea at tennis

THEY’VE done it for 20 years now and two Tamworth women will do it all again tomorrow along with hundreds of others across this region – putting on a cuppa for cancer.

Vicki McKnight and Kathy Cameron have held Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea events for 20 years and they’re up to play it again at the West Tamworth Tennis Club.

Mrs McKnight said everybody was touched by cancer.

“We lost a friend in 2005 from liver cancer who played tennis with us and she made us promise to keep doing them for her,” she said.

“Her husband donates the raffle for us.”

Mrs Cameron said the community was behind the event and the tennis ladies always brought baked goods.

“We appreciate the generosity of people in donating prizes for the raffle,” she said.

“We have so much support from businesses.”

Each year they raise more than $1000, with some years soaring over the $2000 mark.

The two ladies said they enjoyed baking because they were both country women, although Mrs Cameron said she normally baked for shearers.

The morning tea is open to the public from 9.30am and lunch is available at about 1pm.

The women said they would welcome as many people as they could and raise as much money as they could for the Cancer Council. There will also be a trading table this year with handmade goods including doorstops, pickles and sweet items.

Other public events include Somerton’s Edma McGrath who’s holding her 14th morning tea tomorrow, Nanette Watson at Spring Plains on May 29 will hold her 18th consecutive ABMT, Inverell’s June Moir tomorrow. Jenny Hoy at the Walcha Tennis Club will have her 15th consecutive fundraising morning tea tomorrow and Helen Smith at the Namoi Cotton Warehouse in Wee Waa will have an early morning fundraiser.

Where are you having your cuppa for cancer? We’d love to see the photos of your Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, please email


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