Coolum company takes on world tea bag title

Planet Organic’s Marketing Manager Brian Condon and Operations Manger Greg Walker (centre) give Cancer Council’s Shannon Walker, Hannah Macauslane, Jodi Durkin and Susan Hickey a sneak peek of their World’s Largest Tea Bag record attempt.
Planet Organic’s Marketing Manager Brian Condon and Operations Manger Greg Walker (centre) give Cancer Council’s Shannon Walker, Hannah Macauslane, Jodi Durkin and Susan Hickey a sneak peek of their World’s Largest Tea Bag record attempt.

Coolum’s Planet Organic and Cancer Council Queensland are joining forces in an effort to construct the World’s Biggest Tea Bag as part of this year’s 20th anniversary Biggest Morning Tea fundraising campaign.
Staff at Planet Organic, an international organic supplement company with a focus on natural tea, has started constructing a three-metre tea bag weighing more than 150 kilos in a Biggest Tea Bag world record attempt.
The current record, held by the UK, is 120kgs and Planet Organic Production Supervisor, Carolyn Cook has spent close to 20 hours stitching together a giant 2.8 metre high pyramid tea bag, which is expected to hold a massive 150kgs of green tea leaves.
Launching the world’s biggest tea bag attempt, Marketing Manager Brian Condon said the finished product would be unveiled at a Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser on 23 May.
“I was looking for different things to put on our Facebook page. I found the world’s biggest tea bag and suggested we might like to challenge that, and my colleague Greg came up with the wonderful idea of getting behind the Cancer Council as well,” Mr Condon said on Thursday.
“Today is just a little teaser. We are going to have a charity event here with Cancer Council and actually reveal the finished tea bag on that day.”
Planet Organic’s Brian Condon and Greg Walker start the task of filling the world’s largest tea bag with 150 kilos of green tea.
Planet Organic’s Brian Condon and Greg Walker start the task of filling the world’s largest tea bag with 150 kilos of green tea.

Next week, the team will be busy filling the giant bag with enough loose green tea to make 100,000 normal tea bags; ready for engineers to officially weigh and verify their World Record attempt.
This year, Cancer Council celebrates 20 years of fundraising through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea events across Queensland and tying the event in with Planet Organic’s giant tea bag seems to be the perfect partnership.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Planet Organic. They’ve been fantastic. We’re always looking for quirky, fun ways to get our message out there,” said Sunshine Coast Fundraising Coordinator, Jodi Durkin.
This year we are trying to raise about $2.5M throughout Queensland and about $250,00 on the Sunshine Coast. The Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea event is vital to achieve our goals. We don’t get government funding so if we don’t have these events happening in the community, we can’t get the services to the Sunshine Coast patients and their families.
“We’re looking forward to 23 May when we unveil the Biggest Tea Bag right here in Coolum.”
In 2012, Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea smashed its fundraising target and raised a huge $12.3 million nationally, bringing the tally for two decades of tea sipping to a total of $110 million.
This year, they hope to attract more than 6700 morning tea hosts and raise more than $2.5 million from Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea events held across the State this year.
For more information about hosting an event, visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call Cancer Council on 1300 65 65 85.