PIECE OF CAKE: Byron Bay students Chloe Creecy, Chiara Hendry-Walpole, Rayne McGaughpan and Mytharia Johnston, prepare for the Biggest Morning Tea.
PIECE OF CAKE: Byron Bay students Chloe Creecy, Chiara Hendry-Walpole, Rayne McGaughpan and Mytharia Johnston, prepare for the Biggest Morning Tea. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Shining a light on cancer

A CUP of tea under the Byron Bay Lighthouse already sounds wonderful, but when you add that it's also for a good cause, a simple cuppa becomes spectacular.

The lighthouse will be the scene of an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea on Tuesday, with people across the Byron Shire getting involved.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea co-ordinator for the far-north coast Sarah Royall and organiser Remy Tancred are hoping the morning tea will be another shining success after a wonderful event last year.

The morning tea raised $10,000 in 2013 and the team is hoping to smash that number out of the water.

One Australian is diagnosed with cancer every five minutes, which, coincidently, is the length of a tea break.

Therefore, Ms Royall said, the Biggest Morning Tea was a particularly appropriate event to raise funds and awareness of the disease.

She said the morning tea was a super-fun event that also happened to support a very good cause - raising $4.4 million dollars annually in NSW alone.

This year, 400 Biggest Morning Tea events are happening throughout the region.

Tuesday's event kicks off at the Byron Lighthouse at 7am, where a small donation of $5-10 will get you breakfast, tea and coffee.

Of course there will also be cakes and other goodies from the Bangalow CWA.

Celebrity chef Janelle Bloom will be a special guest, taking part in a cupcake creation competition at 9.30am.

Five schools - Bangalow Public School, Bangalow Preschool, Byron Bay Public School, Byron Bay High School and Byron Community Primary School - will be competing in the cupcake challenge, where they will vie to be the best cupcake decorators.

Byron Bay High students Chloe Creecy, Chiara Hendry-Walpole, Rayne McGaughpan and Mytharia Johnston are first-timers to the event, but they reckon they might have a chance.

A free shuttle bus will be running constantly from 7am, leaving from Clarkes Beach car park.


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