RAISING FUNDS: Bernie Kamholtz and Josie McConville sell tickets for a raffle to be drawn at Josie's Biggest Morning Tea.
RAISING FUNDS: Bernie Kamholtz and Josie McConville sell tickets for a raffle to be drawn at Josie's Biggest Morning Tea. Jessica McGrath

Going big with morning tea for 25th time

JOSIE McConville has been busy making plans and baking scones, to prepare for her 25th year hosting her Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser in Kumbia.

It will raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland.

Ms McConville has been hosting a morning tea since Cancer Council first introduced the initiative, 25 years ago now.

She has always been passionate about helping those affected by cancer.

"It affects everyone I know," Ms McConville said.

"Because it doesn't just affect those who are diagnosed with cancer.

"It also affects their entire family, their doctors, and all of their friends and the community. You can't escape it."

What first started as a gathering for Ms McConville and a few friends and family members around her dining table, has now been transformed into a huge community event.

Thanks to Ms McConville's hard work and community involvement her Biggest Morning Tea now attracts more than 80 guests and has raised thousands for Cancer Council Queensland.

Ms McConville said she could not put together the community event without her army of friends and volunteers, who help with the raffles, selling tickets, cooking and setting up on the day.

"Anyone who does anything to help is a volunteer in my eyes," Ms McConville said.

"No matter how small the task.

"It all adds up and helps to make the Biggest Morning Tea what it is."

Ms McConville said there was something for everyone at the event.

"There'll be a guest speaker, entertainment, raffles, and a great morning tea on offer," she said.

"Everyone is welcome."

The Biggest Morning Tea will be held at the Kumbia Memorial Hall Supper Room in Bell St on Tuesday, June 25.

Doors open at 9.30am, with official proceedings kicking off at 10am.

For more information or to volunteer in any way, call 4164 4384.