Pi­azza gets be­hind ‘Breast In­ten­tions’

Monthly Chronicle - - News -

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.

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