The annual Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, is a fundraising and awareness raising event that is supported by countless businesses in the industry. This year the Metro Petroleum held its biggest Morning Tea to date and with the support of generous suppliers, partners and attendees, raised almost $20,000 for this worthy cause.
The fuel industry has a long and varied history of engaging with local communities, and supporting worthy charities. From supporting the local athletics and sports clubs at a site level, to depot drives for breast cancer, to whole of network charity partnerships (like Pumas partnership with the Starlight Foundation) to fabulous initiatives that partner industry events and conferences with official charity partners. Fuel wholesale and retail businesses are a part of thier community and are committed to giving back.
The Metro Petroleum Biggest Morning Tea has evolved as an event, a few short years ago it was a simple affair with a collection container and some cupcakes, but through the engagement and support of Metro’s motivated suppliers, and the energy and commitment of the staff, it has grown significantly, with 2021 representing the biggest yet, in turnout and in overall donation.
Combining the typical cakes and contribution container, with and impressive raffle, silent auction and special guests NRL legends Anthony Minichiello – Sydney Roosters, and Terry Lamb and Barry Ward – The Bulldogs, along with an online donation portal the Metro Petroleum Biggest Morning Tea brought retailers and suppliers together for a few hours, and helped out a great cause.
The Metro Petroleum Biggest Morning Tea was possible due to the support, product and experience donations of some of its supply partners.
VIVA Energy kicked of the event with a straight donation of $1,000 and Bega kicked it up a notch, pledging to contribute 5c from the sale selected products at Metro sites for the month of May. The Pizza Boys provided delicious food and also chipped in $900 online.
Its not a Morning Tea without food, and suppliers turned out to help make that happen including; Villi’s Pies, Snack Brands, Smith’s, Peters, Unilever, Red Bull, The Cheesecake Shop, Stuart Alexander, Robern Menz, Nestle, Frucor, Bega and Asahi.
Real fun and games came with the silent auction and the much anticipated raffle, again made possible with the generous donations from suppliers;
- Pacific Optics provided a massive Recharge Hamper
- Peters donated Zoo Passes
- VDMS Vending donated $100
- Mrs Mac’s showed their support with Pre Paid Visa card
- Our Kloud who put up two Race Experience that were hotly pursued
- Dover Fuel Systems provided a Google Home Nest
- Frucor donated an X-box S series
- Asahi put up for auction a Gatorade Bommer Jacket
- Lactalis provided Oak Boom Box
- Optus donated a Samsung Galaxy phone
- Coca-Cola provided for auction Panthers 2019 Framed and signed jersey
- The Brumbies ARU donated a signed jersey
- The Bulldogs provided for auction a signed jersey and $500 Metro fuel card
- The Sydney Roosters put up for auction a Corporate Box Fully catered for 14 people
Current tally shows $19,170, but online donations are still open and Metro are pushing to hit the $20,000 mark.
“Our industry is a big supporter of charities and community initiatives, and not just the canopy brands, the suppliers also get right behind these events and all should be congratulated. It should not be underestimated the impact these activities have, even the small ones. They are great for morale, great for supplier engagement, great for community engagement and they are amazing for the charities themselves. You don’t have to hand over a massive novelty cheque to make a difference, small amounts from a lot of us can have a real impact” explained ACAPMA Executive Manager for Employment and Training, Elisha Radwanowski.
“The Cancer Council does great work and the Metro Petroleum donation will amount to more than 12,480 children provided with sun smart education, or more than 304 calls to trained cancer professionals on the 13 11 20 line or more than 164 days of PhD students world class research” continued Elisha.
Missed out this year? You can still donate at https://www.biggestmorningtea.com.au/fundraisers/johnchidiac32093/nsw
“Great work Metro…can’t wait to see next year bigger and better!” concluded Elisha.
Professional photos by Matthew Georges from Encore Collective Pty Ltd: https://encorecollective.com.au