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Enjoy Australia's Biggest Morning Tea in Nagambie

And there's a story as to why the library is the venue.

CHALPAT SONTI May 21, 2014 3:17am

Breast cancer survivor Di Proud with a painting that will be raffled off at the Nagambie Library Biggest Morning Tea on Tuesday as librarian Catherine Langdon watches on.


When Nagambie librarian Catherine Langdon first started running a local version of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in 2007 little did she realise the disease it was set up to fight would hit much closer to home.

But three years later it happened when staff member Di Proud was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Mrs Proud has fought the disease since, and reflected on this in the lead-up to this year’s morning tea at the library, which will take place on Tuesday.

‘‘I went through the whole emotional upheaval,’’ she said.

‘‘It was a life-changing experience.’’

That included six months of chemotherapy in Shepparton, then five weeks of radiotherapy in Bendigo, which meant her living there on weekdays.

‘‘I was extremely lucky to have a very supportive family, especially my husband, as well as friends and employers,’’ Mrs Proud said.

‘‘Because it’s not really a journey you can do on your own, you need support.’’

She has been clear of the disease for four years ‘‘which is wonderful’’ but she hasn’t forgotten that need for support.

Mrs Proud founded Nagambie Breast Cancer Support Group, run in association with nurses from Goulburn Valley Health. It meets every two months and as she points out is for both women and men ‘‘because men can get breast cancer too’’.

‘‘The scary thing is any cancer can affect anybody any time,’’ she said.

‘‘I think that raising funds through the Biggest Morning Tea for research is wonderful. The number of individuals and groups that get behind it is great.’’

Mrs Langdon said she started the event because ‘‘I was looking for an event that would allow me to connect with the community and after realising that we had many in our community who were going through treatments or had family that were touched by cancer, made me want to do something to help’’.

The event had always been enjoyable.

‘‘(We) have always been able to send a contribution to cancer research that we can be proud of,’’ she said.

‘‘Later having a member of staff diagnosed with cancer made all my efforts more worthwhile, and that she is doing well means our small contribution has meant the research being done has benefited us and kept the people we love with us.’’

There had been plenty of community help — Pat Moroney, who also does plenty of work for the Good Friday Appeal, ‘‘always makes the most beautiful slices to have on the table’’.

There is a great raffle prize this year — the painting pictured by local artist Val Monigatti. Tickets are 50cents each and available from the library.

The tea is on Tuesday between 10am and noon at the library and all are welcome.

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