Katherine's Bess Hart raised more than $6000 for the Cancer Council over the weekend at her tenth consecutive annual 'Biggest Morning Tea' event.
The event grew from humble beginnings among the friends and family of Bess and her now-deceased husband Ted.
Both Bess and Ted had cancer effect their sides of the family so when they moved into town from their station in 2008 and heard about the Cancer Council event they ran with it.
"We thought we should just have something with our friends and family and it's remarkable how it just continued to grow from there," she said.
"We raised a little bit of money that first year, then we got two or three thousand the next and up it kept going.
"This year we're proud to have raised $6,220.45," Bess said.
The event is now a community-driven occasion attracting sponsorship and donation across the town.
Bess' trademark billy can tea is now accompanied by an auction and sale tables filled my participating members of the community.
"Everyone in town knows about it now and I go round local businesses asking for donations to auction off or sell," she said.
"Dragonfly Catering helped a lot this year by providing all the trestle tables, all the cups and everything for people to eat and drink from.
"I got a coffee machine and a chainsaw among other things to auction, and Woolworths pitched in with some food vouchers for my volunteers.
"We had between 70 and 100 people of all ages show up and its a social atmosphere on the day," Bess said.
Looking forward, Bess is looking forward to replicating her efforts in support of 'people on the land' suffering from natural disasters and drought.
Details for her event in August will be coming soon.
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