If $5 can give a newly diagnosed cancer patient important support and information resources to help them through their cancer journey, can you imagine what the $10,000 raised at yesterday's annual Tea By The Sea in Wollongong will achieve?
An enormous amount, according to Cancer Council southern region manager Toby Dawson.
The theme of this year's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser was that every cup counts. Yesterday, close to 300 counted when event founder Stefanie Gaspari, her family and JCI Illawarra staged what was arguably the largest Biggest Morning Tea event in NSW.
For Ms Gaspari the event has come a long way since she gathered 14 friends together at Diggies five years ago to have a chat and make a donation to cancer research.
Yesterday's event at the City Beach Function Centre enjoyed the support of more than 60 businesses that made all kinds of donations.
"This was by far the biggest and best tea party yet," she said.
"We broke records in terms of attendees and fundraising which exceeded our goal of $10,000."
Donations are still being made online so the final total won't be available until that closes at nsw.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/teabythesea2012 in a few days.
But immediately after the Tea By The Sea the total was above $10,600 and climbing.
"This morning was a true reflection of the spirit of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea," Ms Gaspari said.
All the region's Biggest Morning Teas were important, she said.