RAISE YOUR GLASS: Shirley Green and Lorraine Veach have been hosting morning tea’s since 2000, as part of the Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea which is celebrated next month.
RAISE YOUR GLASS: Shirley Green and Lorraine Veach have been hosting morning tea’s since 2000, as part of the Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea which is celebrated next month. Chris Ison Rokctea

Shirley has devoted 14 years to fundraising for cancer

SHIRLEY Green knows firsthand what it is like to battle cancer.

The retired teacher was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, but has overcome the disease and is cancer free.

For the past 14 years, she's been devoting her time to raising money for cancer research through the Cancer Council's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

She's not alone in raising the much needed funds, with her good friend Lorraine Veach having been by her side in organising their events since 2000. Not only was Lorraine's friend battling the disease, but her sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

"Raising money means a lot to us. Cancer affects everybody," Lorraine said.

The pair first organised their morning teas at Lorraine's house, but over the years they've attracted around 40 people and have since moved their fundraisers to St James Church in Yeppoon.

"We have themes, everything from pink to wearing turbans to support those people who have lost their hair," Lorraine said.

Lorraine and Shirley are busy organising their next morning tea for May 7.

To register an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea event next month, visit biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300656585.

FUNDRAISING FACTS

60 people in the region raised over $1000 each in 2013

Those 60 people raised $110,000 between them

407 people in Central Queensland registered last year to host a morning tea fundraiser



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