Breast Cancer Pink Walk turn­ing 10

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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.

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