Morning tea twenty years strong

GOODIES: Kelly Norris and Kathryn Ramsey man the Biggest Morning Tea trading table in the Cowell IGA.

GOODIES: Kelly Norris and Kathryn Ramsey man the Biggest Morning Tea trading table in the Cowell IGA.

Visitors to the Cowell IGA on Thursday were greeted with a table full of baked goods as part of a 20 year tradition for the supermarket.

Since the turn of the millenium, Kathryn Ramsey has been hosting Biggest Morning Tea Events at the store to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

Mrs Ramsey's husband died from bowel cancer, and she was encouraged by Annie Carmody who worked at the supermarket at the time to use the space for a Biggest Morning Tea event.

Inundated with donations of baked goods, she began hosting a trading table after the event to sell the leftovers, and as the table's popularity grew and space in the store shrank, the trading table became the main event.

Mrs Ramsey said the event had raised over $25,000 since its inception.

"It's just grown since then," she said.

Today, the trading table is stocked with food baked by the IGA owners and staff as well as community contributions, and runs for two days if the food lasts.

Treats were selling fast when the table opened on Thursday, with cakes sent to the Cowell Area School nearly sold out by the end of recess.

A raffle was held on Friday with seven prize baskets of food up for grabs, closing out the two day event which this year raised $3,158.

Mrs Ramsey said she believed the success of the event through the years was due to the personal nature of the fundraiser.

"I think most people have been affected by cancer," she said.

She said the cake was also a good incentive.

"People always like homemade goodies!"