Break­fast serves up Pink Rib­bon funds

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Kiwi Pro­duce held a Pink Rib­bon Break­fast re­cently for 45 staff mem­bers and some fam­ily.

Cook­ing started at 6.30am and a big break­fast was ready to serve at 7.15am in­clud­ing ba­con and eggs, toast, hash browns, mush­rooms and toma­toes.

In keep­ing with the theme, there were pink fruit smooth­ies and for those not par­tial to a cooked break­fast, muesli with yo­ghurt and fruit.

Team mem­bers were dressed in pink and en­cour­aged to take along gold coins for raf­fles and com­pe­ti­tions.

A beau­ti­ful car­rot and wal­nut cake was dec­o­rated and do­nated by Jas­mine Need­ham and all up the break­fast raised $750 for Breast Cancer Aware­ness.

Last year there were 130 break­fasts in BOP, where around 200 women are di­ag­nosed with breast cancer each year.

Evan­gelia Hen­der­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion NZ, says the funds raised by the break­fasts will help sup­port New Zealand re­search into breast cancer.

“We have great re­searchers do­ing cut­ting-edge work in this coun­try, but of­ten there’s sim­ply not enough money to take their work for­ward to clin­i­cal tri­als.”

Funds will also help sup­port pa­tients by of­fer­ing ad­vice, coun­selling, phys­io­ther­apy and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

With more than 600 women a year still dy­ing of breast cancer, there is no let-up in the need for re­search and sup­port.

“Breast cancer pa­tients de­serve all the sup­port they can get while en­dur­ing what can be gru­elling treat­ment, and we are able to make a real dif­fer­ence in many pa­tients’ lives,” Mrs Hen­der­son says.

“Mean­while, we must re­lent­lessly push for sci­en­tific break­throughs. With­out re­search there will be no progress.

“We are also fund­ing a breast cancer na­tional regis­ter which tracks pa­tient treat­ment and out­comes. This regis­ter will help us com­pare pat­terns and trends across New Zealand, and against the rest of the world, to help iden­tify ar­eas for im­prove­ment,” she says.

“We want Kiwi women to have the best pos­si­ble treat­ment, and both re­search and sup­port are a huge part of that.”

En­joy­ing the Pink Rib­bon break­fast at Kiwi Pro­duce are, from left, Melissa Smith, Pam Pat­ton, Ge­off Oliver, Sue Spain and Judy Purdy.

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