Pink highlights cancer fundraiser
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.