Fancy a cuppa?

TEACUPS clinked together, decorated cupcakes beckoned and chins most definitely wagged, as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea got underway across the region on Thursday.

Maffra Bowls Club was a sea of blue, yellow and positivity, as Maffra Cancer Council volunteer unit took the helm for the morning.

Maffra Cancer Council unit president Deirdre Relph OAM hosted the morning tea, which included raffles, a trading table full of fundraising goodies and plenty of banter.

A highlight of the morning was the best teapot competition, wherein all 70 morning tea participants brought their own teapots, and the teapot that attracted the most donations in its cup won.

Gladys Watts’ tiny crystal teapot was chosen by the people as the winner, while Jill Hay’s teapot, given as a wedding gift, came in second.

Maffra Secondary College students were on hand to help out, as they completed community service as part of their studies, and participants were serenaded by the stylings of MSC VCE music student, Marni Bosman-Hughes.

Ms Relph anticipated the committee had bettered last year’s efforts, and found the whole morning rather rewarding.

“We have a lot of laughs, as well as raising money for cancer research,” she said.

Those interested in joining the Maffra committee should phone Ms Relph on 5147 1132.

At Sale’s Bowls Club, 100 morning tea enthusiasts tried their darnedest to improve last year’s fundraising efforts, as Sale Cancer Council unit lay out a magnificent spread of cakes, sandwiches and other sweet things.

Donated slices, cakes, preserves and knitted goods were available to buy, and the raffle and door prize also proved popular.

Sale Cancer Council unit president Margaret Laycock found the fundraising work satisfying, and welcomed new members to the Sale-based unit.

“It’s nice when you’re all congenial, and happy to get the job done,” she beamed.

Those interested in joining the Sale committee should phone Ms Laycock on 5144 4306.

More photos in Friday’s Gippsland Times.