#cuppaforsteph on Stephanie Scott's birthday

It has become an annual tradition for so many across the Riverina and beyond – a celebration of a life cut short, made all the more poignant now her killer has been sentenced to life without parole.

Stephanie’s mother Merilyn invited the community to have a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit to celebrate what would have been her daughter’s 28th birthday.

“We will be having a cup of tea and a Mint Slice biscuit at 3(pm), please join us,” Mrs Scott said.

Last year, Stephanie’s sister Kim remembered her younger sibling in a series of childhood photographs and a post on Facebook early in the day, before later asking people make a cup of tea at 3pm, the time Steph was born.

“Although you weren't a boy as dad first thought, we wouldn't have had you any other way. To say we were lucky is an understatement. To the girl who defines the word 'fun-loving', happy birthday,” Miss Scott posted.

“I'm so proud to call you my little sister. And although you may not be here, I'm sure you'll be sprinkling a few hundreds and thousands in heaven today.”

Miss Scott said she would make a book for her parents from the photo contributions.

Hundreds of people picked up their phones and snapped a photo of their afternoon cuppa, posting them to social media on Miss Scott’s Facebook page or using #cuppaforsteph. More than just a quick snap, many were accompanied by heartfelt messages for Steph and her family.

Social media users are reporting Mint Slices have sold out in Leeton.