THROWBACK THURSDAY: World’s Biggest Coffee Break

On October 5, 1996, history’s biggest coffee break occurred when 513,659 people drank coffee simultaneously in 14,652 groups, offices and other gatherings throughout the UK. The event raised $28,460,000 or £21,690,420 for the Macmillan Cancer Relief charity.

The first Coffee Morning took place in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cup to Macmillan. It was so effective, they did it again the next year – but this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £165.5 million (nearly $214,000,000 in US dollars) for Macmillan.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Macmillan asks people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone, java drinkers raised £29.5 million ($387,069,500 U.S.).

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