Bunbury turns out for charity

Emily AceSouth Western Times

WILLIAM Barrett and Sons raised $19,000 for the Cancer Council Western Australia after welcoming about 800 guests to join them for a cuppa at their Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event on Thursday.

The annual event now in its 24th year has seen the funeral company collectively raise $280,000 to help fund cancer research and support.

William Barrett and Sons event co-ordinator Joscelyn Jones said she was thankful to the community for helping to raise vital funds for a good cause.

“We are thankful for the collective effort of the Bunbury community and for both businesses and individuals support of the event – to raise $19,000 for charity in one day is an amazing effort,” she said.

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Cancer Council fundraising coordinator Sarah Wiley said the Bunbury event was one of the biggest in the WA and the South West region “raises more than anywhere else”.

“This event blows me away – to see the community come together every year to support a good cause is amazing to see,” she said.

“I also love to see the youth coming together to support the event because they are the future.”

Mrs Wiley said the event is one of 2500 events held as part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in WA this year over the months of May and June, all of which will contribute to raising the best part of $2 million for the charity.

As well as being treated to a morning tea, guests were entertained by the Dalyellup Primary School Circus Troupe, the South Bunbury Primary School choir and Ripper Skipper Squad, the Picton Primary School Ukulele Band and the Festival Brass.

A sausage sizzle, raffle and silent auction also featured throughout the day.

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