Dedicated fundraiser for cancer research Anne Lawson has a
Dedicated fundraiser for cancer research Anne Lawson has a "cuppa" amid a sea of prizes for her Australia’s Greatest Morning Tea on May 26. Glyn Rees

A cuppa for a cause

THERE’S nothing like a cuppa between friends at any time for a chat and catch-up, but when the iconic Aussie tradition also serves to raise money to benefit such a vital organisation as the Cancer Council of Australia, it takes on a whole different meaning.

Well-known Allora identity Anne Lawson has been hosting “cuppas” at her home as part of the Cancer Council of Australia fundraiser, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, for the past 12 years.

Anne has the “kettle boiling” for another successful event to be hosted at her backyard at 5 Jubb St from 10am on Thursday, May 26.

After Anne, her husband Robert and their family dealt with the pain and suffering associated with son Denis’s diagnosis with Ewings Sarcoma in 1999, and the subsequent three-year battle Denis fought before losing his life, Anne was motivated to do something to support cancer research.

She had considered the Shave for a Cure fundraiser, before settling on an annual morning tea under the banner of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

Anne Lawson’s Biggest Morning Tea is now firmly entrenched in Allora’s community calendar, and a regular contributor to the charity at the forefront of the battle against cancer.

Raised in Allora and attending school here and later marrying, Denis Lawson had much to live for. He was a talented athlete, a karate exponent who was judged third best in the world in his age group in the 1994 World Championships in Japan. His family through the Lawson’s annual morning tea, recognise his life cut tragically short, and the organisation that supported him through his illness.

That the Cancer Council of Australia has raised almost $50 million dollars since they first put the kettle on in 1994, is testament to the fact that when it comes to Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, every cup really does count in the fight against cancer.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is one of Cancer Council Australia’s major fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia. During the month of May, more than a million people nationwide will sip their way through morning teas at work, school, home and in the community.

Anne is expecting a similar turnout in the relaxing surrounds of her garden, “we can expect a number between 25 and 50 people” she suggests confidently.

The morning tea will also feature a multi-draw raffle open to all, a “Morning Tea” raffle where winners must be in attendance and lucky door prizes.

Anne and Robert are familiar faces selling tickets in aid of cancer research throughout the community, and encourage everyone to catch up with them at the Allora Foodworks this Saturday or Warwick’s Rose City Centre escalator on Wednesday, May 25th, to secure $2 multi draw tickets.

THE Biggest Morning Tea multi draw array of prizes has to be seen to be believed, with business houses across the Allora and Warwick districts giving in a tremendous show of support with 55 wonderful prizes to be won.

Avon alone has donated $500 worth of goods as a prize, while Zarraffas Coffee in Warwick has donated a $50 voucher, Warwick’s Harvey Norman also on board with many electrical and bedding items.

Five of the prizes will be drawn among those present at the “Cuppa”, tickets on the day also at a very economical two dollars.

Close friends Susan and Jim Quick have donated four immaculately embroidered towel packs, and in a further show of support will be hosting their own Biggest Morning Tea in memory of Denis Lawson at their Brisbane home.

All attending the vital fundraiser that contributes to finance the fight against cancer will be well looked after at Anne’s Biggest Morning Tea, a family affair with, Robert, daughter Camelle and grandchildren Hayden, Lara, Carissa, and Abbigail all involved in the big day.

Entry to Anne Lawson’s annual Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is only a gold coin donation, and those attending are requested to supply a plate. All proceeds to the Cancer Council of Australia.

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