$3500 raised for fight against can­cer

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Parabur­doo went pink last month as the close-knit com­mu­nity raised more than $3500 for the Can­cer Coun­cil.

Through Oc­to­ber, the Parabur­doo Craft House ladies sold raf­fle tick­ets and hosted a bake sale to raise more than $1000, while the Parabur­doo Riders As­so­ci­a­tion and Parabur­doo Inn pa­trons also put to­gether $500 each.

The funds were all tal­lied at the in­au­gu­ral Parabur­doo Pink Rib­bon Din­ner night, which was at­tended by about 60 women.

Din­ner co-or­di­na­tor Anna Oak­ley said Pink Rib­bon fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­creased aware­ness of women’s can­cers and sup­ported an es­ti­mated 18,715 women who would be di­ag­nosed with breast or a gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer this year.

“Ev­ery day in Aus­tralia, around 50 women are di­ag­nosed with breast or a gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer,” she said.

“One in eight women will be di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer by the age of 85.

“It’s a fright­en­ing statis­tic, but one that can change through the ef­forts of com­mu­nity and busi­ness groups.

“Many of us in Parabur­doo have friends or fam­ily who are bat­tling or who have bat­tled can­cer re­cently, so we wanted to do some­thing about it and show them that we are … by their side.”

Ev­ery Oc­to­ber, Aus­tralians show their sup­port for the Can­cer Coun­cil through Pink Rib­bon fundrais­ing events.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion aims to raise $7.2 mil­lion through Pink Rib­bon fundrais­ers this year.

The Parabur­doo Riders As­so­ci­a­tion chipped in with $500 for the Can­cer Coun­cil.

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