FORRESTFIELD resident Julie Osgood has hosted her annual Biggest Morning Tea, raising more than $10,000 for the Cancer Council over the past eight years.
Ms Osgood said the cause was close to her heart after her mum died from breast cancer in 2010.
“After mum was diagnosed I got support from the Cancer Council’s telephone counselling service,” she said.
“The support and advice I received from this service meant a lot to me as I was going through this.
“I have known many other family and friends that have also had cancer.
“Some have lost the battle and others have bravely won the fight.
“I hope by raising money for the Cancer Council that I will help rid the world of this horrible disease.”
Ms Osgood, who has a vision impairment, said she relied on the help of her 18-year-old daughter Hayley to run the annual event.
“I lost my sight the year after Hayley was born,” she said.
“I go through daily challenges but I find holding these events each year to be my biggest challenge.
“I go around to local businesses and ask for donations to help raise funds for my fundraiser and it’s amazing how they react when they find out I’m vision impaired.
“They often ask how I manage doing these events every year and I just say I may not be able to see very well, but I never let that stop me from achieving my goals and determination is my key.”
Throughout May and June, the Cancer Council is calling on Australians to pop on the kettle and prep the menu for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise vital funds for Cancer Council.
Cancer Council Australia chief executive Professor Sanchia Aranda said Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea was a great way to support the one in two Australians who will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85, as well as their loved ones.
“Each of the thousands of morning teas that will take place in workplaces, communities and peoples’ homes play a vital role in ensuring Cancer Council can continue to provide a wide range of support services across Australia to those affected by cancer,” she said.
“In addition to support services, Cancer Council also works in the areas of cancer research, prevention and advocacy.”