Condabri raises a big cuppa for cancer

TIME FOR A CUPPA: Gillian Low, Carolyn Drury and Annie Clay at the Biggest Morning Tea in Miles.
TIME FOR A CUPPA: Gillian Low, Carolyn Drury and Annie Clay at the Biggest Morning Tea in Miles. Julia Baker

THE Murilla Garden Club's Biggest Morning Tea is one of the community's most loved annual events and with more than 200 people attending this year's event - 24 years after it first began - it seems it's not going anywhere for a while.

Organised by the Murilla Garden Club and co-ordiantor Lisa Kennedy, the crowd travelled from as far as Taroom, Kingaroy and Brisbane to Kylie and Simon Drury's property, Condabri, to attend Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and to help raise more than $14,000 for the Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ).

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea events are held around the country throughout May and June and raise money for cancer research, education programs and patient support services.

"I love going to all of the events and seeing how people run them, they're all so different but this one in particular is very impressive. It's got so much going on and it's so well run and it's been going for such a long time,” CCQ event co-ordinator Jessica Huntley said.

"The funds go a really long way - providing services such as our phone line, our cancer counselling service and our accommodation odges.

"The nearest one here is the Olive McMahon Lodge in Toowoomba - a lot of people from the region use that lodge and it's always needing maintenance among other things.

"It also goes towards research - $10.9million was invested last year.

"Research has beaten a lot of other diseases and we really believe it will beat cancer.”

Shane Berting from Warrego Water Services was on hand to donate a cheque for $2000.

"We do a lot of work with Simon and Kylie here on the property and everyone knows someone who is affected by cancer, so when Kylie mentioned it to me I just said to the boss 'put your hand in your pocket, mate',” Mr Berting said.

Kylie Bourne, the event's MC, said the event has been successful for the past 24 years because of the Murilla Garden Club and the support of the community.

She said it's important for people to "get behind causes like this” because everyone has been touched by cancer in some way.

"There's some really stand up people that just get in and get things done. There's some signature events that the community just won't let go and this is one they just keep supporting.”

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