Dingee's morning tea attracts big crowd

     
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For the past 12 years good friends Wendy Twigg and Robyn Falls have hosted Dingee’s Biggest Morning Tea and what started out as a small gathering has grown into something much bigger than either of them expected.

The girls initially started out with a gathering of 20 people in a backyard to raise a bit of money for breast cancer, this year over 400 people attended the morning tea. 

The girls have raised in excess of $60,000 for breast cancer over the time which is not a bad effort for a small country town.

“I am so surprised, the morning tea has evolved each year as more people come and more money is raised, it has become more than just a community event, it’s now a public event,” Wendy said.

This year people travelled from as far afield as Melbourne, the Goulburn Valley and of course the local area, and while the final tally is yet to be determined, this years morning tea has raised over $14,000.

The girls are quick to add that the success of the day isn’t just down to them, their team of 20 helpers which include MG suppliers Donna Sexton and Jenny Hocking also help the day run smoothly.

“There are 20 odd adults in the team (plus kids) and we provide all the food except for some of the hot food which is donated by Gillies pies. We have mixed it up with different themes over the years including dairying and our original team has grown a bit as other friends have come aboard.”

Wendy said the event has attracted awards within the Loddon shire including an Australia Day award in 2008 and a community event of the year award.

“The awards have helped lift the morning teas profile but we certainly don’t do it for that, we do it for the cause.”

Wendy said there is a real danger the event will outgrow its current location ( Robyn’s home) but they will continue on for next year at least.

“It’s a big thing for Robyn and Col to open up their yard to so many people each year but Col reckons there is still room for another 50 people yet.”

On a personal note Wendy and her husband John milk 100 cows at Tandara South near Dingee. They have been involved in the industry for 15 years. Their cows are milked through an 8 a side double up dairy.

The couple have plans to build up stock numbers after reducing numbers during the drought.

“The drought hit our plans for expansion on the head but we are starting to think about all that again,” she adds.

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