Support for Cancer Council's Redlands Volunteer Branch at Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

THE Cancer Council's Redlands Volunteer Branch has held its annual Courthouse Restaurant morning tea for the 21st time.

Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Chris McMillan commended the Redlands Volunteer Branch and the Courthouse Restaurant for their fundraising.

"Supporting Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is an easy, fun and delicious way that we can work together to ensure that those diagnosed with cancer are support every minute, every hour, every day," Ms McMillan said.

"It's not too late to get involved so just register to host an event and raise your cup for the cause.

The official tea-party day to host an event for the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea campaign was Thursday (May 23) but the Cancer Council has called on people to host a tea anytime before the end of next month.

Ms McMillan said that cancer affected people in many ways and impacted every community in the state, with about 27,800 Queenslanders diagnosed with the disease each year.

"Most of us know someone who has been impacted by cancer - grandparents, parents, siblings and friends - this is our chance to work together, raise our cups and create change," she said.

The money raised enables the Cancer Council to invest in cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs.

Ms McMillan said the organisation hoped to raise more than $2.1 million through Australia's Biggest Morning Tea this year.

"Nationally, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is enjoyed by more than a million people each year and more than 4000 tea hosts in Queensland have already signed up to gather their communities, share stories and donate a few dollars towards a cancer-free future," she said.

"Every cup poured offers much-needed hope to cancer patients, carers and loved ones affected by the disease, so please show your support."

To donate or host an event, visit biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

Tea etiquette

ETIQUETTE Expert founder Jo Hayes says Australia's Morning Tea hosts can add a touch of elegance by using fine bone china teacups.

"If you don't have any, borrow some off a friend or a relative - or drop by your local op shop to pick up a pre-loved set," Ms Hayes said.

Talking about etiquette, Ms Hayes said raising your little finger while drinking tea should be avoided as it is considered rude.

And is it milk or tea first?

"Once the tea has been poured, pour in the milk gently and noiselessly, moving the teaspoon in a small arch back and forth in the centre of the cup to blend it in," Ms Hayes said.

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