Kerri to host Biggest Morning Tea in memory of parents

Fundraiser: Kerri Straughen is inviting the community to her Biggest Morning Tea in the garden of her Benalla home to raise funds for Cancer Council Australia. Photo by Contributed

Benalla’s Kerri Straughen will open her home and garden on Thursday, May 19 to host a morning tea to raise funds for Cancer Council Australia.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is an annual community event run for CCA in communities across the nation.

Each event is run by an individual whose life has been impacted by cancer, or someone who simply wishes to raise funds to help CCA continue its amazing work.

“My mum died in 2017 from pancreatic cancer,” Ms Straughen said.

“Not long after that I saw the Biggest Morning Tea (advertised), I knew they have it every year, and it was something I wanted to do.

“I was already planning for this morning tea when I lost my dad to kidney cancer on April 27 this year.

“So now I’m doing it for both of them.“

Scenic: The Straughen's property on Benalla-Yarrawonga Rd is the perfect setting for a Biggest Morning Tea. Photo by Contributed

With a huge property, Ms Straughen is encouraging as many locals as possible to come along and support the fundraiser.

Entry is $10 and includes a delicious morning tea, with all funds raised going to CCA.

There will be games and a raffle on the day, with a range of prizes available, including a Benalla Bowls Club voucher and a hand-embroidered cushion donated by a local lady.

Colourful: Their beautifully landscaped property is the perfect location for the Straughens to host a Biggest Morning Tea. Photo by Contributed

If you would like to donate more on the day Ms Straughen has QR codes that can be scanned to take you to the donation page.

If you can’t make it along you can also donate to CCA at

The morning tea will take place at 368 Benalla-Yarrawonga Rd, Benalla, from 10am to noon.

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