Nursing home goes pink to raise funds for breast cancer

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Jill Morrison (left) and Valerie Perkins all dressed up for their pink ribbon breakfast at the Julia Wallace Retirement Village.

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Jill Morrison (left) and Valerie Perkins all dressed up for their pink ribbon breakfast at the Julia Wallace Retirement Village.

A Palmerston North nursing home has raised much-needed funds for a breast screening service with its inaugural Pink Ribbon event.

About 40 residents of Julia Wallace Retirement Village held their first fundraising breakfast on Friday morning as part of the annual Breast Cancer Foundation NZ campaign.

Approximately 120 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the MidCentral area each year, and residents alongside Clearview Park Lions Club members have raised more than $1,100 to support screening and awareness.

While most residents dressed entirely in pink, with a pink ribbon sewn onto their shirts, some paired their costumes with pink hats, jubilee crowns and pink hair.

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Residents of Julia Wallace Retirement Village and members of the Clearview Park Lions Club serve themselves for breakfast.

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Residents of Julia Wallace Retirement Village and members of the Clearview Park Lions Club serve themselves for breakfast.

The club’s project manager, Margaret Gregory, said the funds would go to BreastScreen Aotearoawhich was a free national breast cancer screening program for women aged 45-69.

“This is the first time that a Pink Ribbon Breakfast has been organized in the retirement village.

“I am pleased that residents and club members have come together to raise funds for the cause.”

Phillipa Hay and Erin Snaith, who were part of the National Breast Cancer Screening Program, opened the event.

Hay said one in nine women over the age of 50 have been diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand.

“Today we talked about various symptoms of breast cancer that women should be aware of.

Clearview Park Lions Club member Joanna Isles shows off all kinds of boob cupcakes.

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Clearview Park Lions Club member Joanna Isles shows off all kinds of boob cupcakes.

“Our goal is to diagnose breast cancer at an early stage and reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer.”

Ah-Leen Rayner, chief executive of the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, said a third fewer breakfasts have been held this year, representing a drop in revenue of around $600,000.

“The charity is desperate to make up the shortfall to ensure its services are not affected, and it urges more people in Manawatū to host their own Pink Ribbon Breakfast.”

The annual campaign would usually take place in May, but this year it had been extended until June 17.


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