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A cup of positivi-tea – Where there is tea, there is hope

With a cup of tea in your hand, anything is possible

On Tuesday 25th May, locals from around the region, gathered to attend the annual Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser, held at the Royal Hotel.

The event was organised by Ingham local, Tammy Collins and her dedicated team of helpers.  

The event raises vital funds for Cancer Council Queensland, supporting cancer patients and their families during treatment.

This years theme for the local event, was ‘Silly Socks’, which enabled the crowd to have some fun with family and friends.

Laughter filled the room, as host Juliene Collins amused the crowd with her handmade ostrich outfit which complimented her ostrich socks.

A variety of fun games were played throughout the morning, all focusing around the ‘silly socks’ theme.

One of the fun games enjoyed by the crowd at the Silly Socks Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Event held in Ingham

Juliene Collins ‘shaking her tailfeathers’ hosting the event for the Silly Socks event
Craig Shepherd, Juliene Collins, Michelle Dametto and Demelza Gurnick dressed up for the Silly Socks Cancer Council Morning Tea

Local Ingham resident, Amanda Griffiths addressed the crowd, by sharing her experience, with how Cancer Council Queensland assisted her during cancer treatment in Townsville in 2019.

‘In 2019, I attended one of these Cancer Council Queensland fundraising events, held by Tammy Collins and her team of helpers. A few months later, I found myself utilising the services by this organisation myself, due to my unfortunate diagnosis.’

‘I didn’t realise the extent they assisted those around the state, but more importantly how they support cancer patients from Ingham and other rural communities who need to relocate to receive cancer treatment.’

Guest speaker Amanda Griffiths

‘To me Gluyas Lodge, was really a home away from home.’

Amanda Griffiths

‘It was actually by a chance meeting, with a Ingham woman, who informed me about the Cancer Council – Gluyas Rotary Lodge in North Ward, Townsville.

‘There are 20 self contained serviced units at the lodge, which available for out of town patients and their families.’

‘They also had a courtesy bus which transports patients and their carers from the accommodation to the Townsville Cancer Centre, at the Townsville University Hospital.’

‘It took the stress out of getting someone to drive over to the hospital daily.’ Amanda said.

Event organiser Tammy Collins celebrated her birthday on the day of the event

Tammy Collins presented a cheque to the Ingham Pallative Care with funds raised by their Mother’s Day Raffle.

The next fundraiser will be on 10th July 2021 for a Wine and Cheese Night with funds be raising for Ingham Pallative Care.

Belinda Poppi and Catherine Poloni all dressed up for the Silly Socks Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Event in Ingham

‘So remember when you are enjoying of cup of tea today, you’ll know it’s all for a good cause.’

Amanda Griffiths

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