Small town, big hearts

KARUMBA has become Australia’s top fund-raiser for Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea, taking the national trophy for raising more than $42,000.

Berni McKean and Stephanie Bale, who visit Karumba annually for the Cancer Cuppa fund-raiser

Berni McKean and Stephanie Bale, who visit Karumba annually for the Cancer Cuppa fund-raiser

Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Professor Jeff Dunn  congratulated organisers and the local community.

“The people of Karumba have made a truly remarkable contribution to the fight against cancer,” Professor Dunn said.

“It is tremendous testimony to Karumba’s community spirit that one of Australia’s smallest towns, with a population of just 600 people, has raised more than all other biggest morning teas in Australia.

“We offer our deepest thanks to organisers of the event and to the whole Karumba community.

“This exceptional generosity and support will benefit many thousands of Queenslanders affected by cancer.”

Karumba’s annual cancer cuppa started 16 years ago, and has raised a total of $230,000 for Cancer Council Queensland.

In recognition of Karumba’s efforts, Cancer Council Queensland recently named a research grant in honour of the fund-raising legacy established by the local community.

The Karumba Cancer Cuppa Research Grant will fund a University of Queensland research project into colorectal cancer, led by associate professor Jolieke van der Pols.

Karumba Cancer Cuppa committee member John Moran said Australia’s Biggest Morning Teas have become an important part of the town’s history.

“This award is an honour for the whole Karumba community and just goes to show what can be achieved in a small town by a small dedicated group of people,” Mr Moran said.

“This unique event not only has the support of the local residents, but also of many tourists who come here every year from all over Australia to be a part of it.

“This year’s success is also a fitting tribute to our retiring host, Judy Walters, who has volunteered her time at the event for the past six years.”

Mr Moran thanked the sponsors, volunteers, the organising committee and most importantly the locals, for their ongoing support of the event.

All funds raised through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea go towards cancer research, prevention, early detection, and support for those affected.

This year, more than 6700 morning tea hosts from about Queensland raised more than $2 million for Cancer Council Queensland.

For more about Cancer Council Queensland, visit  www.cancerqld.org.au or call 131120.

Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity.

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