Pretty in pink for charity
About 20 Waiheke volunteers dressed in pink and raised more than $3000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation.
The collectors were busy on October 13 and 14 helping the annual Pink Ribbon Appeal raise funds for breast cancer support, research and education.
Island co-ordinator Joan Kirk said she was grateful to all the ‘‘wonderful women’’ who lent a hand.
These included Gillian Barnes and Mary Batton, who played violin, guitar and recorder and sang outside Countdown for the cause.
Throughout New Zealand, thousands of volunteers hit the streets to raise money for a disease that affects one in eight women in the country, according to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
About 600 women die of breast cancer in New Zealand each year, but it is treatable when found early.
From the age of 20, it is important for women to check their breasts for lumps and discuss concerns with a doctor.
Changes in breast skin, shape or size, or unusual breast pain can also be signs of breast cancer.
Regular mammograms are recommended for women aged over 40.
People can still make donations online at www.breastcancerfoundation.org.nz or text PINK to 4499 to donate $3.