Pink army impresses
A WHOPPING 290 people dressed in outrageously creative pink outfits and flocked to Lake Moananui last Friday for the annual Tokoroa Pink Walk.
Considered one of the biggest turnouts in its South Waikato history, Friday’s event helped raise $1100 which will go towards local initiatives.
South Waikato Pacific Island Community manager Akarere Henry said it was a brilliant afternoon, which saw people dress up as butterflies and luminous angels.
‘‘More importantly the family groupings, organisations of all types banding together, which gave an air of great solidarity for our community in raising awareness for breast cancer. In speaking with various people throughout the evening some were there because they had lost a love one and wanted to remember them, some were there as survivors, some were there because they knew of someone who had succumbed to this illness and some were there to support the great community spirit that is ever present in this community,’’ Mrs Henry said.
Mrs Henry said several humbling experiences were shared throughout the night.
‘‘What is evident is the continued growth that is happening year after year as we all share in this common theme of community spirit whatever the cause,’’ she said.
Two of those personal experiences came from Tina Brown and Valda Tahere.
‘‘I support the walk every year and breast cancer for the month of October more because of my mum, Lorraine Eley, who has been married to my dad for 55 years this year, who lives in Perth, and had breast cancer 18 months ago,’’ Tokoroa mother Tina Brown said.
‘‘Because of her strong whanau love and support, my mum received her treatment and chemotherapy. She appreciates every morning she wakes up . . .’’ Valda Tahere said: ‘‘ My best friend in Wellington has breast cancer. I walk for her today. I pray everyday for her good health and recovery. Today I get to do that with my community.’
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