Bangladeshi breakfasts become a winner

Tea for two: Abdul Haq,and his wife Laila hope to take their fund-raising tally to $100,000 in the next few years. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Tea for two: Abdul Haq,and his wife Laila hope to take their fund-raising tally to $100,000 in the next few years. Picture: Gene Ramirez

SOMETHING as simple as a cuppa and a slice of cake may help find a cure for cancer one day.

The smell of coffee and yummy treats will waft from businesses, church halls and homes this week as the country gets together for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

Abdul and Laila Haq, from Hassall Grove, have raised more than $87,350 for Cancer Council NSW with their Bangladeshi breakfasts over the past 14 years.

"Someone we knew died from cancer and that's why we started doing it," Mr Haq said.

"We feel very proud to be doing this.

"People are always keen to support us because cancer affects everyone."

Their Bangladeshi breakfasts consist of tea, roti (flat bread), sweets and a traditional steamed cake made from milk and flour.

About 600 people helped raise $11,000 at last year's Blacktown event. Mr Haq was the sixth-highest individual fund-raiser in NSW last year with $22,680.

More morning teas will be held across St Marys-Mount Druitt this week.

Betty Trist, of St Marys, will host her 12th event at St Marys Magdalene Anglican Church.

She has helped raise $13,000 in this time.

Annette Walsh, who has raised $3660 in two years, will hold her event at Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

You can host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea in May or June.

■ Details: biggestmorningtea.com.au.

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