Bethanie Supports Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

on the Monday, June 19, 2017

Bethanie, one of Western Australia’s most well known not-for-profit aged care and retirement living providers have proudly supported Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea throughout May and June, raising almost $6,000 for the Cancer Council of WA.

Three Bethanie sites across Western Australia participated in the fundraising morning tea – Bethanie Gwelup, Bethanie on the Park in Menora and Bethanie Fields in Eaton.

Cancer Council's Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is a chance for Australians to get together and raise money for a great cause. 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85 and throughout May and June they asked people to help them make a real difference helping to fund Cancer Council’s vital research, prevention and support service programs. The new Bethanie Gwelup Aged Care Facility hosted a successful Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser. Many Gwelup residents have moved across from the previous Warwick site – where this event took place for a number of years.

Jess Cathart, Bethanie Gwelup Occupational Therapist said, "Bethanie Gwelup wanted to be involved in current community events and contribute to a cause and this was a great way to do so. Everyone had a wonderful time."

The Bethanie Gwelup Aged Care Facility is adjoined by Bethanie Gwelup Apartments so some of these residents came across and joined in in the morning tea, many of which donated money.

Bethanie on the Park’s Biggest Morning Tea event was extended to all Social Centres, family and friends and saw 60 people come together for Devonshire Teas, a chance to purchase some hand-made and preloved items from a local stall all provided by Residents, and attendees also enjoyed songs by Adam Penn, who entertained guests for the morning.

Bethanie Fields hosted their Biggest Morning Tea and almost 140 people joined in on the fundraising initiative! This was the third year that local resident Anne Strachan, with the help of her husband and friends, has held the fundraiser.

Anne was very grateful for the help she received from residents in the village and also from the local businesses in Eaton and Bunbury. Guests at the morning tea enjoyed a fun filled morning with lots of prizes and raffles, along with some scrumptious food with their coffee. All up a total of $5,820 was raised by Bethanie and according to the Cancel Council of WA, anything from $1000 upwards can help support their ground-breaking research into new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, with the potential to save thousands of lives.

Bethanie CEO Chris How commented, “Bethanie knows how important it is to be part of the community and to involve our residents and clients in active and socially engaging events. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea gave us the opportunity to not only do that, but to give something back at the same time.”

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