IT MAY not have been able to go ahead as planned, but Linda Jefferis’ 10th annual Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser still received great support from the community, with just under $3000 in donations to the Cancer Council collected over the month of May.
The livestock transport operator and mum of three had been looking forward to hosting up to 100 people in her family’s Kardella South farm shed, to enjoy a cuppa and some fresh baked scones and sponge cake while digging deep for the worthy cause.
But when COVID-19 restrictions came into force, she had to choose between cancelling the event entirely, or coming up with a creative solution.
Not one to back away from a challenge, she took her fundraising efforts online, selling handmade jewellery and auctioning off original artworks, as well as running a ‘lucky prize draw,’ livestreamed via Facebook to her many supporters on May 22, the date her morning tea gathering had been scheduled to take place.
The response was “amazing,” she said, and well worth the extra effort required to reinvent her popular social event.
“It’s extremely important that we continue to support the work that the Cancer Council does with lifesaving research, prevention and support programs,” Linda said.
“So many people are getting diagnosed every day, and if my fundraising can help save even one person’s life, it’s all worth it.”
Over the last 10 years, Linda has raised over $30,000 for the Cancer Council through her Biggest Morning Tea events, which she started in memory of her late cousin Dale, who died of a brain tumour aged 12.
She hopes to host a big belated 10th anniversary bash at the farm next year, with a fundraising goal of $5000 or more.