Breakfast serves up Pink Ribbon funds
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.