Breast Cancer Pink Walk turning 10
The Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust’s fundraising Pink Walk is set to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary on Wednesday October 18.
The 3.4km family-friendly fun walk raises funds to support breast cancer patients in Rotorua and surrounding communities.
Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust chairperson, Sarah Davies, said the 10 year anniversary of the walk is an opportunity to acknowledge the work of the founding trustees in setting up the event for the local community.
‘‘Over the years, the profile of the Trust and registration numbers for the Pink Walk, have just grown and grown,’’ she said.
‘‘We are so thankful to have had fantastic trustees over the years who have put in a lot of hard work to make this event the success that it is, and credit must go to our founding members for having a vision to set up support networks and fundraisers for the people in the Rotorua area.’’
To mark the 10 year event, the faces of all the current trustees are on posters around town, to raise the women’s profiles for the work they do.
‘‘Even though we are all very happy to stay behind the scenes, I hope having the trustees on the posters will increase the public’s awareness of the team that is behind events like the Pink Walk, just as the ‘poster girls’ we have used in previous years brought a personal touch to breast cancer awareness.
‘‘It is also very special to have the wonderful Viv Kermode on the posters too. Viv was our chairperson and a special part of our team and she sadly lost her battle with cancer last month.’’
Also marking the 2017 event is a specially-designed t-shirt featuring the Trust’s logo, a hei tiki designed by founder trustee June Northcroft Grant.
‘‘June designed the RBCT hei tiki with thoughts of guardianship, ongoing life and wellbeing, and so the hands of the tiki cover the breasts, representing protection,’’ Davies said.
As usual, there will be prizes for best dressed male, female, child and team at the Pink Walk. This year, there’s an introduction of a new prize with Ray White Rotorua donating a trophy to the best dressed business team.
Registration for the walk is now open at rbct.co.nz/pinkwalk or you can register at the event. Entry is just $5 for teenagers and adults, and a koha donation for children 12 and under. Registration and entertainment start at 4.30pm and the walk starts at 6pm.