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“Mary was as­tounded by the con­tin­ued suc­cess of the brunch and she was so proud of the amount of money that was raised over the years,” Fiona said. “She was a very hum­ble per­son though, you would never have heard her say that it was her idea to be­gin with.”


Shep­par­ton “It was Mary’s idea that we have a break­fast and she made con­tact with the Pink Rib­bon foundation,” Fiona said. he in­sti­ga­tor of the first

Pink Rib­bon Brunch, Mary Brun­ton, sadly lost her bat­tle with breast can­cer in Novem­ber 2014, aged 57. It was dur­ing Mary’s seven-year term as a mem­ber of the clas­si­fied ad­ver­tis­ing team that she was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer, then aged in her mid­for­ties. Close friend and former col­league Fiona Stu­art re­called Mary’s wish to turn that ini­tial bad news into some­thing pos­i­tive and raise funds for can­cer re­search and sup­port for sur­vivors.

News “Our clas­si­fieds man­ager at the time Tracey Bell then or­gan­ised, with Mary’s as­sis­tance, what be­came the first-ever

Pink Rib­bon break­fast


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at Friar’s Cafe.” That event was at­tended by about 70 peo­ple and in sub­se­quent years num­bers have swelled 10-fold so that in 2015, more than 700 tick­ets were sold in 32 min­utes for the Oc­to­ber 25 brunch at East­bank.


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