A SU­PER CHAR­ITY BREKKIE

Busi­nesses, lo­cals raise $7200 for re­search

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­or­gia Simp­son ge­or­gia.simp­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

MORE than 70 peo­ple dug deep into their pock­ets to raise $7200 for breast cancer re­search on Sun­day.

The Jo Mc­gre­gor Pink Rib­bon Break­fast was held for the sec­ond year at the newly re­fur­bished Hanger Bar and Cafe at Shute Har­bour.

Mrs Mc­Gre­gor has a strong fam­ily his­tory of the dis­ease, and is vig­i­lant with rou­tine mam­mo­grams ev­ery year.

She was di­ag­nosed with the rare and ge­netic meta­plas­tic breast cancer in Septem­ber 2017, just 17 days af­ter a clear mam­mo­gram re­port.

The funds raised will be do­nated di­rectly to Breast Cancer Net­work Aus­tralia, for­mally known as Breast Cancer Aus­tralia.

“Go­ing through treat­ment, I can ap­pre­ci­ate how much Breast Cancer Aus­tralia help pa­tients like me,” Mrs Mc­Gre­gor said.

“You’re not con­sid­ered as in re­mis­sion un­til you’re five years cancer free,” Mrs Mc­Gre­gor said.

Mrs Mc­Gre­gor has been blown away by the gen­eros­ity of the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity.

“Air­port man­ager Lee Hol­loway catered for most of the food, and ev­ery­one has been so giv­ing and gen­er­ous.”

A to­tal of $11,000 in auc­tion items and lucky door prizes had been do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses for the oc­ca­sion, with ex­pert auc­tion­eer from Ray White, Stephanie Ba­con, up­selling to the crowd.

CQ Ad­ven­ture Flights sur­prised ev­ery­one when they parked their YAK52 plane on the run­way, and an­nounced they would of­fer one lucky door prize win­ner a flight, there and then.

That lucky win­ner was Amy Keyte.

“She was so ex­cited, it was some­thing she had al­ways wanted to do. We couldn’t be­lieve it when they just landed the plane and walked into the break­fast and of­fered that,” Mrs Mc­Gre­gor said.

T-shirts made for the oc­ca­sion with the slo­gan “girls sup­port girls” were worn by at­ten­dees, and one young girl told Mrs Mc­Gre­gor it was the “pret­ti­est T-shirt in my whole wardrobe.”

Mrs Mc­Gre­gor held a pink rib­bon break­fast last year, which raised $5000.

“I wanted to be big­ger this year, and hope­fully we can big­ger again next year,” she said.

“Whether you’re five or 60, you can still have that gene run­ning through your body.

“The more money we raise for re­search, the closer we are to find­ing a cure.”

Mrs Mc­Gre­gor raised most of the funds in three days, walk­ing the streets, reach­ing out to lo­cal busi­nesses.

No busi­ness turned her away or said they did not wish to do­nate.

“It shows me if you can do that in three days, imag­ine we can all do as a whole,” she said.

To do­nate, please visit https://fundraise.nbcf.org. au/fundrais­ers/lee­hol­loway.

❝ Whether you’re five or 60, you can still have that gene run­ning through your body.

— Jo Mc­Gre­gor

GIRL POWER: Tayla Lud­brook, Jo Mc­Gre­gor, Liv Ste­wart, Meika Ste­wart and Bron Lud­brook.

Dar­ryl McKen­zie, Greg Nanker­ris, Shane Fin­nie, Sue Fin­nie and Claire McKen­zie.

Lucky door prize win­ner Amy Keyte takes off in the plane!

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