Mathias urges Ki­wis to join in

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Auck­lan­ders will be get­ting to­gether for break­fast next month to raise money for the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

May is Pink Rib­bon Break­fast this month.

This year’s Pink Rib­bon Break­fast cam­paign is fronted by West­mere res­i­dent, TV foodie and author Peta Mathias.

Peta is urg­ing Ki­wis to ‘‘put their pin­nies on’’ and in­vite their friends and col­leagues for break­fast.

Last year, more than 1200 breakfasts took place around the coun­try dur­ing May, rais­ing $500,000.

Pro­ceeds from this year’s cam­paign will help sup­port women with breast can­cer, in­clud­ing post-surgery re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes, prac­ti­cal and ther­a­peu­tic ser­vices for those liv­ing with sec­ondary can­cer and a new sup­port helpline.

Ms Mathias’

sup­port

for

the cam­paign was in­spired by a friend’s re­cent breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis and by her mem­o­ries of work­ing with breast can­cer pa­tients in her time as a reg­is­tered nurse.

‘‘Shar­ing food is a way of show­ing love,’’ she says.

‘‘A get-to­gether over food is the per­fect oc­ca­sion to fundraise be­cause you’re hav­ing fun and you un­der­stand that it is love and gen­eros­ity that make the world go round.’’

Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Van Hen­der­son says: ‘‘Host­ing your own Pink Rib­bon Break­fast will help us to help women who are ei­ther re­cov­er­ing from breast can­cer or liv­ing with it. We rely en­tirely on the good­will of New Zealan­ders to make th­ese pro­grammes hap­pen.’’

Hosts re­ceive a tool­kit to help them plan and run their breakfasts.

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