Break­fast for breast can­cer

Drink-driver un­der as­sess­ment

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

A pre-work break­fast on Fri­day raised $150 for the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion. That was on top of the $361,162 al­ready raised na­tion­ally.

The Porirua event is one of about 2271 break­fasts that have taken place this year.

About 15 peo­ple from around Porirua turned up for the re­cent break­fast. Ngawai Richard­son, a breast- can­cer sur­vivor from Porirua, spoke about her ex­pe­ri­ence of over­com­ing the odds, how her mother and cousins were also di­ag­nosed, and what she did to re­ha­bil­i­tate.

Money raised from the morn­ing went to the breast can­cer foun­da­tion and will help fund re­search projects and med­i­cal grants aimed at im­prov­ing the sur­vivor­ship of breast can­cer in New Zealand.

Lor­raine Downes, a breast can­cer foun­da­tion am­bas­sador, said re­search was vi­tal for bet­ter treat­ment to im­prove sur­vival of this very com­plex can­cer, and ul­ti­mately for pre­ven­tion.

‘‘The foun­da­tion is fund­ing sev­eral world- class projects right here in New Zealand – Pink Rib­bon Break­fast is a great way to raise money for the cause.’’ Mata­mura Tua is await­ing a drug and al­co­hol as­sess­ment be­fore be­ing sen­tenced for driv­ing while more than three times over the legal limit. On March 8, the Can­nons Creek man was stopped by po­lice in War­spite Ave and was found to be driv­ing with a breath/al­co­hol read­ing of 893 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 250. Tua, 32, ap­peared in Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day and pleaded guilty to the drink-driv­ing charge.

Judge Jan Kelly re­manded him at large un­til an al­co­hol and drug as­sess­ment was com­pleted.

Kelly said the as­sess­ment would de­ter­mine the sen­tence. Tua re­turns to court on June 19.

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