Small school shows big support

Wallaville State School staff Annie Caunt, Melinda Janke, Rita Tobin, principal Kerry Inskip and Leesa Wentworth were proud of their morning tea. Pictures: SOLANA PHOTOGRAPHY

By Angela Norval

“We may only be a small community, but every little bit helps.”

This was proven true when Wallaville State School held its Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on 28 May to fund-raise for the Cancer Council.

One event organiser, teacher Leesa Wentworth, said it had been a long time since the school had run such an event.

“We love to include the community in an event like this which is fun, the chance to socialise and also to enjoy some indulgent treats,” she said.

“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer in some way, so holding a Biggest Morning Tea at our school was our way of supporting a worthy cause.”

Included in the school’s morning tea were beautiful plates of indulgent morning tea for sale, a prize for the best crazy hair, a fanciest tea pot or tea cup prize and also one for the students the best decorated cake prize.

“Over the past year we have all felt the effects of Covid and in some way, even though we are out in the country we have all had less contact and less get-togethers as many community events have been cancelled or postponed,” Leesa said.

“We believe holding a Biggest Morning Tea allows our small community to re-connect, socialise and get a little bit of normality back in their lives.

“Although Wallaville State School is only a small school, we have a big heart and pride ourselves on our community spirit.

“I guess that is the beauty of being in a small community – we all know each other and support each other.”

Games included throwing a coin in a teapot and a crazy hair competition.

Students were asked to buy or make a vanilla cake and decorate it at home. On the day there was a cup beside each cake, and judges donated to their favourite.

With $1677 raised on the day, it truly showed from little gestures came great things.

For 28 years, Cancer Council Queensland’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea has brought Queenslanders together over a cup of tea in support of those affected by cancer.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan said donations to the not-for-profit allowed it to continue life-saving cancer research, prevention programs, and advocacy and support services.

It’s not too late to register your own event or donate to Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea before 30 June, at biggestmorningtea.com.au.