Deniliquin Soroptimists’ 10th annual Pink Breakfast raised more than $1200 for the McGrath Foundation’s breast cancer campaign on Saturday morning.
Soroptimist president Pam Ward said there was generous support from the 75 people who attended the breakfast at the Deniliquin RSL Club, as well as donors and sponsors.
Mrs Ward said guests embraced the ‘think pink’ theme for the morning and ‘‘got into the spirit’’.
‘‘It was an excellent morning, and everyone had a really good time,’’ Mrs Ward said.
‘‘We had 18 raffle prizes donated and people were also making cash donations. The Deniliquin RSL Club supported us with this fundraiser again.
‘‘All profits will go the McGrath Foundation.’’
The McGrath Foundation aims to make life easier for individuals and families experiencing breast cancer.
Money donated to and raised by the foundation allows for the placement of specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses wherever they’re needed, and to make breast health understanding a priority.
Mrs Ward said as part of that education element, the guest speaker at Saturday’s breakfast was Deniliquin occupational therapist and mental health counsellor Lourene Liebenberg.
‘‘Lourene touched on the mental health aspects of a breast cancer diagnoses, not only for the sufferer but also their friends and family.
‘‘It was an informative talk.’’
To add to the fun of the breakfast, prizes were awarded for the best costumes. Anne Sinclair was named best dressed, and Chris McKenzie and Rachelle Austin were also honoured for going all out and donning bright pink wigs.
The Soroptimist Club now turns its attentions to its next awareness campaign, which aims to shine the spotlight on stopping domestic violence.
In conjunction with the Domestic Violence Liaison Committee, the Soroptimists will host a ‘Walk a mile in her shoes’ event on Saturday, November 25.
Members of the community, particularly men, are asked to join the short walk from the Deniliquin skate park through the CBD to the Waring Gardens, wearing or carrying a pair of women’s shoes.
The walk coincides with White Ribbon Day and will begin from the skate park at 10.30am.
For more information about the walk and how you or your business can get involved, contact Soroptimist Rose Chick on 0447993346.