Lim backs local pink ribbon breakfasts
Celebrity cook and columnist for the Clutha Leader Nadia Lim is encouraging South Otago residents to invite their friends to Pink Ribbon Breakfasts in May, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.
Around 250 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the Southern DHB area.
Proceeds from this year’s breakfasts will go towards breast cancer research and supporting patients undergoing treatment.
Lim said she was happy to be fronting the campaign for the second year in a row.
‘‘Having taken part in Pink Ribbon Breakfasts last year, I know how much fun these gatherings can be, and also how worthwhile.
‘‘It’s a fantastic chance to share vital information about breast health while raising much-needed money for a great cause.’’
Breast Cancer Foundation chief executive Evangelia Henderson said the funds raised will help support New Zealand research into breast cancer.
‘‘We have great researchers doing cutting-edge work in this country, but often there’s simply not enough money to take their work forward to clinical trials.’’
Funds will also help support patients by offering advice, counselling, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
With more than 600 women a year still dying of breast cancer, there is no let-up in the need for research and support, she said.
‘‘Breast cancer patients deserve all the support they can get while enduring what can be grueling treatment, and we are able to make a real difference in many patients’ lives.
‘‘Meanwhile, we must relentlessly push for scientific breakthroughs.
‘‘Without research there will be no progress.’’
The foundation is also funding a breast cancer national register which tracks patient treatment and outcomes.
Henderson said the register will help compare patterns and trends across New Zealand, and against the rest of the world, to help identify areas for improvement.
‘‘We want Kiwi women to have the best possible treatment, and both research and support are a huge part of that.
‘‘So, please, host a breakfast – your help will make a real difference.’’
For more information on the Pink Ribbon Breakfasts, go to : pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz