When morning tea is served, it usually brings a large crowd, especially the Cancer Council’s annual Biggest Morning Tea, which is usually held in May each year. Jan Clements of Living Choice Woodcroft is an ardent supporter of the popular Cancer Council fundraiser and always organises an amazing event for both residents and Living Choice clients. However, this year - due to COVID-19 restrictions - there were many challenges and the event was postponed until it was safe to hold it.

Pre-wrapped biscuits, bringing your own cup and sugar served in singular sachets, ensured the morning tea could go ahead in a COVID-Safe way and it was a hit with everyone involved. “It was so great to see the residents come out and enjoy some much-needed social time,” said Jan. “Everyone got something to eat with their coffee and sat down in small groups of about 4-5, all socially distanced, chatting and laughing, and just enjoying each other’s company. It was really great to see people enjoying themselves after what has been a very tough and lonely year for a lot of people.”

With the help of fellow residents, Jan also organised a “trash and treasure table” which proved to be a big hit. The items are collected throughout the year and from plants, dolls, oven mitts, cups and saucers, there was something for everyone. This year, only a third of the goods were put on display, which gives hope for a bigger and better 2021 display. As well as pre-loved goods, there was also a table dedicated to homemade goodies such as cakes, scones, biscuits and jams.

Jan said the morning proved to be a huge success, not only as a fundraiser, but also in bringing people together at a time where it is needed most. In total, $2 780 has been raised for the Cancer Council this year, including a donation of $663 from the bingo group. Well done Woodcroft!