DELI owner David Infirri is collecting donations to support the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea campaign this month.
Mr Infirri said small change customers put into the collection mug at Passione Gourmet Italian Deli and Cafe in Kingsley would go to the charity this month.
“That little bit of coffee change goes a long way,” the Carine resident said.
“We’ve got this big donation coffee cup; every month we try give it to a different charity.”
His father Elio, of Tuart Hill, has been keeping secondary liver cancer under control using medication for the past three years, so Mr Infirri said he had personal motivation to get involved this year.
“It hits home a bit more,” he said.
“When I was a little kid, it was someone who knew someone who knew someone who had cancer.
“Now it seems to be every household; it just seems to be around us all so much more.”
Mr Infirri said his father was doing well, still busy in the deli and had changed his diet since the diagnosis.
“He has had a really positive result with his medication,” he said.
Last year he and his brothers took their father to Sicily for his first trip back in 40 years.
Cancer Council WA fundraising manager Betty Cottrell said Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea was an opportunity to gather friends and loved ones together to raise funds for the charity’s work, which includes support for those affected by cancer.
Last year it helped more than 5000 regional cancer patients and close to 8500 contacts were received by the 13 11 20 cancer information and support line staff.
“We simply could not provide this assistance without the support we receive from our wonderful fundraisers through events like Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea,” Ms Cottrell said.
Cancer Council WA wants to raise $1.6 million this year to support its work into prevention programs, research and support services for all people affected by cancer.
While the official event date for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is Thursday, May 25, morning teas can be hosted any time in May or June.
Register at biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85 to receive a free host kit packed with fundraising ideas, party tips, mouth-watering recipes from celebrity chefs and event planning tips.