Bengalla has yet again shown their support for community organisation the Cancer Council by hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday May 23.
Bengalla Mining Company saw a huge turnout as colleagues gathered together over tea and treats, to help raise funds to support those impacted by cancer.
Cakes, biscuits, slices, pastries and tarts filled the breakroom as colleagues took a well-earned break from work to support a great cause.
Normally a space where employees have their lunch, it had been transformed with colours of blue and yellow, images of the iconic daffodil and not to mention Dougal the giant Cancer Council bear.
The Bengalla crew were joined by the Cancer Councils Community Programs Coordinator Glen Parsons and Singleton Volunteer Deb Rae, with Glen kicking off the morning with an important message of Cancer awareness and screening.
Before everyone scoffed into their morning tea, Glen also thanked Bengalla for their continued support, “The money that’s raised here today will be pushed straight back into the Upper Hunter to help Cancer patients.”
“Thank you so much for your support, this year’s biggest morning tea is likely to raise touching around 5 million dollars.”
As staff tucked into the delicious snacks, you could hear conversations about screening for cancer and people sharing their own stories. It was a great morning to not only increase awareness amongst staff, but also get people talking and taking that message home with them.
Cancer Council NSW helps people affected by cancer and their carers with travel to treatment and Bengalla has been a massive supporter of this initiative in the Upper Hunter.
Fiona Hartin, Bengalla’s Community Relations Specialist, shared how much it means for the Bengalla team to be supporting such a great cause and seeing the direct affect their support and fundraising is having on those living with cancer.
“It’s nice to know that not having access to transport and not having access to money is no longer going to be an issue for cancer patients and their families in the Upper Hunter with this support,” said Fiona.
“It’s not just about pulling coal out of the ground, Bengalla is all about community,” Glen added. “I can name over 20 things Bengalla has done to directly support the Cancer Council and our community and we are extremely grateful.”