Celebrity chef Simon Bryant is urging everyone to clear some time in their diary for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – and he’s even provided a healthy recipe to offer inspiration.
Simon’s apple, barley and almond muffins are a taste sensation and perfect for a morning tea get-together.
Check out the recipe here.
“As a kid I believed our kettle had magical powers,” he said.
“No matter what the problem was, my mum (being of English descent) would calmly put the kettle on; whatever was wrong in the world would be cured by a cup of tea. Now that I am (somewhat) grown up it gives me a sense of satisfaction to confirm my childhood faith in the power of the kettle: by participating in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea you may create a little magic in the world after all.”
Registrations are open for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Cancer Council SA’s most popular annual fundraiser and community event.
One in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, meaning most people will know or meet someone affected by the disease. All money raised from the May 27 event will help Cancer Council SA provide important research, prevention and support strategies and reduce the impact of cancer on all South Australians.
Last year, hosts and their guests around South Australia banded together to raise an incredible $815,000, with organisers this year hoping to raise $850,000 across the state.
To make your morning cuppa count, get a group of friends or colleagues together and enjoy a morning tea, afternoon tea, lunch or even a large community event. Imaginative hosts in previous years have staged everything from small cafe catch-ups to roadside food-and- fundraising efforts.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Professor Brenda Wilson, said it was easy for people to get involved in what has become one of the organisation’s biggest fundraising events.
“Your event can be as big or as small as you like and the theme is limited only to your imagination. If you don’t fancy a morning tea, a lunch or dinner, try some healthier options like a crisp salad instead,” she said.
“It’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends, network and take some time out of work, and it’s an easy way to help us reduce the impact of cancer on all Australians.”
Every day 23 South Australians are diagnosed with cancer and more than 3400 South Australians die from cancer every year, but thanks to better detection and treatment – made possible with the support of fundraising efforts – mortality rates are declining.
One of Cancer Council SA’s key roles is to provide education, support and counselling to those affected by the disease, their family and carers. Just $20 can help train a Cancer Connect volunteer to provide one-on-one support for people diagnosed with cancer.
Prevention is another key focus of Cancer Council SA’s work, with some lifestyle changes, such as diet, able to contribute to a significant reduction in risk. Cancer costs Australia almost $3 billion each year in direct health system costs. This year Cancer Council SA is focusing on good nutrition as part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
The official tea party date is Thursday 27 May, but events can be hosted at any time during May and beyond.
Those unable to take part can still donate to a friend’s morning tea, or at any time directly through the website. For more information about registering as a host or to donate, visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.