Host's heart swells at morning tea success
JOSIE McConville was completely overwhelmed by the turnout for her 25th year hosting a Queensland Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea in Kumbia.
There were more than 80 local guests in attendance, and more than 10 volunteers who helped her host.
Ms McConville had a smile on her face all morning, and said she felt very loved by the community.
"I've been having the most wonderful time and hopefully everyone else has too,” she said.
"It means a lot to me that as small community we can pull together for a cause like this.
"Seeing everyone here and enjoying themselves and smiling has made me very happy.”
Ms McConville has been very busy in the lead up to this event, with months of behind-the-scenes planning involved.
She's been finalising raffles, inviting guest speakers, baking up a storm, setting up, and rounding up her handy helpers.
Thanks to all of her efforts the Kumbia Memorial Hall was packed.
Guests were treated to an array of baked goods, along with their tea and coffee.
Cancer is an issue that has been very close to Ms McConville's heart for some time now.
She said it was an issue that affected everyone, not just those who had been diagnosed.
Despite her worries this year wouldn't run as smoothly or have as big a turn out, Ms McConville said she was blown away by the community's support of her cause.
"I just can't believe all these people are here to support me and cancer,” she said.
"All of this money will be going directly to the Queensland Cancer Council.
"So everything raised is for those who really need it.”
Ms McConville said there were also a number of cancer survivors at the morning tea.
The guest speakers and survivors all wanted to drive home the message of getting yearly health checks.
Ms McConville said she believed this was a very important message.
The Biggest Morning Tea was held on Tuesday, June 25 morning at the Kumbia Memorial Hall.
There are already plans in the making for next year's Biggest Morning Tea.
"Of course I will do it again,” Ms McConville said.
"I'll be hosting for as long as I possibly can.
"That's how much it means to me.”