Pink Ribbon Breakfast

May 27, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Breast cancer is a cause close to many people’s hearts. There are few people who don’t know someone who has been afflicted. In New Zealand alone, 3000 women are diagnosed each year and sadly, 600 of those will lose their lives to the disease.

For a number of years, the Breast Cancer Foundation has been holding Pink Ribbon events to both help raise awareness and raise necessary funds for on-going research. Their vision is to prevent New Zealanders from developing and dying from breast cancer, and to improve the quality of life for those who have the disease. The money they receive helps them to achieve this vision through programmes for early detection; providing support and counselling for those who have the disease; and, most importantly, enabling research for better treatment and greater survival rates.

May is traditionally the month for Pink Ribbon Breakfasts and the Year 10 Middle School Leaders from Chalmers House decided to get behind this particular cause. Stella Cressey, Olivia Overfield and Mikalya Monk, under the guidance of Head of Chalmers Middle School, Mrs Caroline Agavale, approached several businesses seeking breakfast goods to offset the cost of hosting the event. They were delighted with the response and are very thankful for the generosity of the sponsors listed below.

With the Sports Centre Lounge festooned in pink and a fabulous spread on offer for breakfast, the girls were proud to invite Van Henderson, CEO Breast Cancer Foundation to speak. Mrs Henderson explained to the girls about where the funds are spent and the importance of clinical trials. She said the eventual aim is that through research and early detection, breast cancer would become a disease that is managed rather than one that could prove terminal.

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-government funded charitable organisation and is totally reliant on grants and donations so the money the girls assisted to raise this morning will be valuable to support their on-going research.

Well done girls for all your efforts!

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their very generous donations to enable us to hold this event for a very worthwhile cause:

Ormiston Pak n’ Save, Pakuranga Baker’s Delight, Howick Baker’s Delight and Wild Wheat



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