Ever since I started MayKing Tea, I always wanted to put something back into the communiTEA with some of the monies I had made with my business. Choosing the type of chariTEAs I wanted to work with, was an easy decision to make as when I did more and more research into tea. I was inundated with studies that suggest that increasing tea consumption can keep conditions such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimers and even cancers at bay. Both my parents drank tea until the cows came home (both Chinese tea and English Breakfast) but they both had cancer at some point in their lives. Luckily for both of them, the cancer was caught very early on and both of them survived. I just wanted to put it out there that despite the tea may parents sipped, the big C affected them both too. Tea can help but it is not a miracle cure.
My parents were truly inspirational during their journeys. Dad chose not to go through chemotherapy and think posiTEAvely through the experience which I thought was truly truly aMAYZing, and when mum went to surgery and was told to rest for 6 weeks, after 2, she went back to lugging 10 Kilo sacks of spuds for the chip shop we all worked in. After starting my business, I made a tiny promise to myself to get involved with chariTEAs that help cancer patients or research into this disease.
I have conducted several Biggest Morning Tea events in collaborating with LikeMinded businesses such as Scrumptious Reads, Tlicious and Tea Therapy. This year, I had the privilege of meeting a cancer survivor, Natalie Fitzgerald, whom wanted to give back to the chariTEA that helped her through her journey. After a few TEAm meetings with friends and family, #tradiesgopink was born. You can read more of her story here and if you follow the TradiesGoPink Facebook page, you will see just how much local attention and support her campaign is getting, including a little TV slot which tugged on the heart strings of a 9 year old boy who is also doing his bit for the cause.
Tradies Go Pink hope to raise $10,000 for the McGrath Foundation and $10,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Read more about the two tradies here, who are both having their dreadlocks dyed pink this Saturday and are going to have them cut off on February 9th on what looks like a fantastic family day out in Harrup Park, Mackay.
Cancer ChariTEAs? Yup, they’re definitely my cup of tea =D