Piazza gets behind ‘Breast Intentions’
North Epping Piazza shop owners are donating a percentage of their takings on May 12 to raise funds for breast cancer.
And they’re asking both locals and shoppers from further afield to come along on the day and do their shopping in the Piazza, knowing every cent they spend is helping further research into this disease which affects one in eight Australian women.
“We’ve known many women in our community who’ve been struck down by breast cancer,” says Roma Vino bottle shop owner Brenda Bowley, who’s hosting the event.
“My own employee, James, lost his mother to it only five years ago. The stories of her battle are heartbreaking, as she was only in her forties, leaving behind two young teenagers.
“I host a once a month 'Party in the Piazza', which is an opportunity for the community to socialize with one another, and ask local businesses to participate by showcasing samples of their produce. It's always a great night of wine and food sampling with live music, markets and games.”
It was the success of these party nights that gave Brenda the idea to host the fundraiser. “‘Breast Intentions’ is a great opportunity to give back for such support, and since McGrath Foundation is all about placing Support Nurses in the homes of breast cancer sufferers, it seemed an obvious choice.
“I chose this date as Mother’s Day is the following day, and this illness predominantly affects women. It’s a good time to raise awareness and remind women to be vigilant.”
Spend between 9am and 2pm on the day at one of ten shops or 15 market stalls and a percentage will go to the McGrath Foundation. Gold coin donation buckets will be placed in every store as well as market stall tables.
“The local scout group will be hosting a car wash to raise funds too, while I’ll be hosting a 'Pink Tasting' with Rosès to sample, and Il Posto restaurant will be donating funds from every coffee purchased that morning.”
Brenda Bowley with employee James Chapman whose mum Helen passed away from breast cancer. James holds the Community Spirit Award trophy awarded to his mum for her own tireless work for the Epping community.