Pink high­lights can­cer fundraiser

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Many around Mata­mata sup­ported those with breast can­cer by dress­ing in pink for national Go Pink for a Day.

Pink army vol­un­teers were out last Fri­day col­lect­ing money for the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Each year more than 2600 New Zealand women and 20 men are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer, and one-in-nine women are at risk of be­ing di­ag­nosed.

Oc­to­ber is Breast Can­cer Ac­tion Month with a chal­lenge from the foun­da­tion to raise aware­ness about breast can­cer as well as funds for its lifesaving work.

In sup­port, Mata­mata Toast­mas­ters has themed their next meet­ing as a pink one. Toast­mas­ter mem­ber, ex­pe­ri­enced health speaker and naturopath Linda Hog­gard will dis­cuss good, bad and xeno-oe­stro­gens, and their role in oe­stro­gen-de­pen­dant can­cers. Club pres­i­dent Am­rita Balara­man will speak on her favourite colour, pink, and there are other fun pink events in store for the evening.

So don some­thing pink, bring along a gold coin do­na­tion for the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion, and come along to the Mata­mata Toast­mas­ters’ Pink Meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 19 at the All Saints Church Lounge, on the cor­ner of Broad­way and Ho­haia streets in Mata­mata, at 7.15pm.

Free mam­mo­grams for women aged 45 to 69 are avail­able through Mid­lands Breast Care and Screen­ing.

As well as reg­u­lar mam­mo­grams, women should prac­tise breast self­ex­am­i­na­tion monthly and seek med­i­cal ad­vice for any lump or change in breast tis­sue. An early di­ag­no­sis can prove lifesaving.

Col­lect­ing coins: From left, Jeremy Jef­f­coat and Camp­bell Bolten-Hamp­ton sup­port breast can­cer by col­lect­ing do­na­tions from busi­nesses.

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