How to Host a Teal Morning Tea

Hosting a Teal Morning Tea is a great way to raise awareness of, and funds for ovarian cancer within your community.

You can make the event as simple, or as elaborate as you like. There are just a few key things to be aware of, then feel free to make it your own!

  1. Pick a day, time and location to host your Teal Morning Tea
  2. Decide if you will cater for the attendees or if you will ask everyone to bring a plate
  3. Decide how you will raise funds, some ideas include:
    • Request a donation to attend the Teal Morning Tea
    • Run a raffle at the morning tea
    • Have a “bucket” on the table for donations
    • Have a laptop or tablet available for people to make a quick online donation
  4. Invite people to your Teal Morning Tea
  5. Raise funds and have fun at your event – if you take some photos be sure to tag us @ovariancancernz

To donate the funds you have raised to Cure Our Ovarian Cancer you can head to our donation page or deposit the funds in our bank account:

  • Cure Our Ovarian Cancer
  • 12 3150 0050074 00

You can print these posters for your event: Gynaecological Awareness Month Printable Posters

We’ve also collated some general information so you can learn more about ovarian cancer, and share this with your attendees.


What is ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer refers to cancer that develops in the ovary, fallopian tube or peritoneum (lining of the abdomen).

There are many types of ovarian cancer including high-grade serous (the most common type), low-grade serous, clear cell and germ cell.

Most women are diagnosed in their 60s but it’s not uncommon for much younger women to be diagnosed too.

Ovarian cancer tumors typically grow quickly, are found in advanced stages and are difficult to treat.

Ovarian cancer symptoms are often mistaken for other common issues women experience and it is difficult to treat because of a lack of research and treatment options.

How many people does it affect?

Every year 370 kiwi women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer has a poor 5-year survival rate, at just 36%. Every year 250 women die of ovarian cancer in New Zealand.

Ovarian cancer also affects family and friends with medical appointments, mental wellbeing, health issues and financial stress impacting support networks.

Does cervical screening check for ovarian cancer?

No, cervical screening only test for cervical cancer. Ovarian cancer is detected through a CA-125 blood test and a transvaginal ultrasound. You get these tests through a referral from your GP. You need to be aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and see your GP if you experience any for more than two weeks.

What symptoms should I be aware of?

  • Abdominal/pelvic pain or discomfort
  • Increased abdominal size/bloating
  • Changes in your bowel habits
  • Eating less or feeling fuller
  • Needing to urinate more often or urgently
  • Fatigue

If you experience any new or worsening symptoms for two weeks, see your doctor.