CORRECTIONS staff at Junee's prison are treating their taste buds to a smorgasbord of baked goods in an effort to help those impacted by cancer.
The correctional centre staff are hosting a number of events around the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser for Cancer Council, selling treats baked with the help of inmates in the new maximum security bakery.
Bakery Overseer Lori-Ann Ford, who has been managing the bakery since 2020, jumped at the chance to support the annual fundraiser, particularly after watching a friend's struggle with cancer.
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"A very dear friend of mine passed away on Saturday and her funeral is actually on Thursday, the day of the official Biggest Morning Tea," she said.
"She battled with cancer for the last few years.
"It's a terrible thing to have to watch someone you love fight so hard to keep going and be so strong for her family and friends."
With morning and afternoon teas held over today and Thursday, funds raised will go towards life-saving cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs for people affected by cancer.
Ms Ford said the 15 inmates working in the bakery were up for the challenge.
"They love learning new things and are very eager to help, especially when it's for such a great cause," she said.
Cancer Council's Community Relations Coordinator Christine Williams said the charity was hoping this year's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea would raise in excess of $7 million nationally.
"Cancer doesn't discriminate - it affects people from all walks of life," she said.
"So it is heartening to see Australia's Biggest Morning Tea being supported by a wide range of people, from children, to business people, politicians, church, community and sporting groups to the inmates of Junee Correctional Centre."
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