Morning tea for MD

Some of the most successful fundraising is done peer to peer.

Holding your own morning tea is a great way for your friends and colleagues to get behind our month of Freedom and to raise the profile of MDANZ and your local branch of MDA.  It doesn’t have to be a huge event because every single donation makes a difference to the lives of our members.  Help us put the 'tea' in community this September.

Tips for arranging your morning tea  

1. Confirm your date, venue and time 

There are several ways to approach raising money this way.  You can have the morning tea at your home and provide the food and drinks with everyone giving a donation to MDANZ in acknowledgement of your effort.  Or, you can agree to meet at a cafe, with everyone buying their own coffee and muffin, but still making a donation at the end.
Your workplace is another great venue – everyone loves the chance to share morning tea together – and contribute to a great cause.

If you have children or grandchildren, consider holding your morning tea at a local park or playground.  Fill a couple of picnic baskets with snacks and drinks, and pack a thermos for hot drinks (even better, choose a park that has a coffee cart).

2. Choose your guests

This is a great time to get together for a good old cup of tea and a catch up with your family, friends, workmates and support networks – and raise money at the same time.  Everyone loves the chance to share morning tea together – and contribute to a great cause.  If you have children, a parent support group, play group or sports team may be easy to contact and bring together in a community setting familiar to you.

3. Send out invitations

The earlier you can get invitations out the better, as people’s calendars get booked up quickly.  Check back soon for some invitations that you can download.  You will just need to add your own time, date and place. Remember, it’s always a good idea to send a reminder text or email the day before.  You could also add this event on your Facebook page and invite those who can't make it, to make a donation anyway.

4. Plan your menu  

Remember, you don’t have to go overboard with a wide variety of food – unless you really want to! A batch of blueberry muffins always go down a treat, or go classic with fresh scones and jam and cream.  For the easiest scones ever, try lemonade scones.  A few simple ingredients and they work every time: https://www.annabel-langbein.com/recipes/lemonade-scones/349 

If you’re planning an outdoor morning tea, grazing platters work well and are easy to transport. Stock up on cheese, crackers, fruit and dips.

Find more food and drink ideas for your morning tea at the following website: 

https://www.bestrecipes.com.au/article/how-to-host-a-morning-tea-a1398.html

5. Decorate with colour

If you want to bring some festive air to your morning tea, use the MDANZ colours of blue and yellow for your cupcake icing, napkins, tablecloths, flowers, bunting and balloons (email [email protected] if you would like us to send you some MDA branded balloons).  For a fresh, fast table decoration, simply pile lemons into a clear glass vase or large jar.  Spring flowers also bring cheer to the occasion.

6. Collect the donations

It’s up to you whether you request a specific amount, or simply ask for a donation.  Get in touch with your branch and they will provide bank account details so you can deposit the amount you make, or your guests can make an online donation themselves via our online portal.

7. Help us spread the word

It's important that you know how much this support means to us.  With less than 8% government funding, we simply couldn't continue our work without your support.  Please thank all of your guests on our behalf.  We are so grateful for what you have achieved and hope you had fun getting together having morning tea!  Please post your pictures on Instagram or Facebook:

facebook.com/MDANationalOffice  #MDAFreedom