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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
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.