NUSHIP Canberra's Biggest Morning Tea

This article has photo gallery Published on LSIS Helen Frank (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Kuttabul

Able Seaman Andrew Johns from NUSHIP Canberra assists the collection of donations during the morning tea fundraiser. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)
Able Seaman Andrew Johns from NUSHIP Canberra assists the collection of donations during the morning tea fundraiser.

NUSHIP Canberra’s Ship’s Office hosted the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Cancer Council last month.

The morning tea was held in HMAS Kuttabul’s Junior Sailors bar and more than 30 members of the ship’s company volunteered to bake and bring in items for the morning tea.

The morning tea is a chance for Australians to get together and raise money for cancer research. One in two Australians are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85 and every dollar raised helps make a difference in contributing to fund the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, and support service programs.

Able Seaman Brodie Sharp organised the event for a cause that is close to her heart.

Able Seaman Brodie Sharp participating in the Cancer Council morning tea.

Able Seaman Brodie Sharp participating in the Cancer Council morning tea.


“My mother passed away of Non Hopkins Lymphoma when I was 16 years old and I have always supported the Cancer Council,” she said.

“To have my ship mates support this great cause meant a lot to me and I hope the funds raised will help contribute to a world without cancer.    

“Due to the amazing support and enthusiasm by ship’s company as well some extras from Kuttabul we were able to raise $802.20 for cancer research.”

This achievement really shows the camaraderie of the people that make up Canberra.

Able Seaman Sharp passed on her thanks to everyone who came along, dug deep and supported the cause.

“A big thank you goes to all the members of ship’s company who baked or brought something along and also to the ship’s office for supporting and assisting me in making the Biggest Morning Tea happen,” Able Seaman Sharp said.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20141860.