Bangladeshi breakfasts become a winner

Tea for two: Abdul Haq, pictured with his wife Laila, hopes to take his fund-raising tally to $100,000 in the next few years. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Tea for two: Abdul Haq, pictured with his wife Laila, hopes to take his fund-raising tally to $100,000 in the next few years. Picture: Gene Ramirez

SOMETHING as simple as a cuppa and a slice of cake may help find a cure for cancer one day.

The smell of coffee and yummy treats will waft from businesses, church halls and homes this week as the country gets together for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

Abdul and Laila Haq, from Hassall Grove, have raised more than $87,350 for Cancer Council NSW with their Bangladeshi breakfasts over the past 14 years.

"Someone we knew died from cancer and that's why we started doing it," Mr Haq said.

"We feel very proud to be doing this. People are always keen to support us because cancer affects everyone."

Their Bangladeshi breakfasts consist of tea, roti (flat bread), sweets and a traditional steamed cake made from milk and flour.

Sunday's event at the Blacktown Village Green was one of four they will hold across Sydney.

About 600 people helped raise $11,000 at last year's Blacktown event.

Mr Haq was the sixth-highest individual fund-raiser in NSW last year with $22,680 raised.

More morning teas will be held across Blacktown in the next two weeks.

Guardian Funerals and Blacktown Workers Club will have Cancer Council NSW guest speakers at their events.

You can host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea any time in May or June.

■ Details: biggestmorningtea.com.au.

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