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Gumlu Biggest Morning Tea Success

For the 9th year, Gumlu held it’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, hosted at the Molongle Beach Caravan Park, on Sunday June 18.

With almost 60 people in attendance, the morning tea showcased a fantastic spread of savory and sweet treats, with the customary array of tea and coffee.

Attendees travelled as far as Townsville and Bowen to take part in the event, made special by the overwhelming success of the day, raising $2,667 for the effort.

There were also raffle tickets and a cent sale, as well as money boards.

Lolly and teabag jar counting competitions also served as a welcome game for attendees.

All larger raffle prizes were donated by local businesses including Cornetts IGA, Sandbar Café, Gumlu Tavern, Lands Family Farm, Maria Torica, Sharon Gist, Christine Hinds, Complete Pharmacy Home Hill, and Home Hill/Ayr Lions Club.

A special auction of a 2022 signed Cowboys away jersey was held in the afternoon, donated and framed by Gumlu State School and the Gumlu P and C Association.

The highest bid was $1,000 by a couple from Bowen.

Thomas Harrington, Principal of Gumlu State School, acted as the MC for the morning tea, keeping everyone entertained and enthused.

Two speakers were welcomed to reflect on their experiences with cancer, high school teacher Nyree Woods, who reminded guests of the importance of being grateful for people in healthcare, and Christie Gist, who shared her recent loss of a colleague of cancer.

Christie is a clinical nurse and works in Townsville Palliative Care, aiding patients and their loved ones during one of the most difficult times.

She also works with QLD Ambulance ‘Make A Wish’ scheme, giving patients the joy of a wish.

In its nine-year history, the Gumlu Biggest Morning Tea has hit the milestone of raising $10,000 in 2014 and has run every year except for a COVID interruption.

Massive turnout for annual Gumlu Biggest Morning Tea. Photo supplied

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