Pretty in pink for char­ity

Waiheke Marketplace - - Out & About - ROSE DAVIS

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.breast­cancer­foun­da­ or text PINK to 4499 to do­nate $3.

Mar­garet Bell and Joan Kirk dressed in pink to help raise money for breast can­cer on Oc­to­ber 13. ROSE DAVIS/STUFF

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