Many support Pink Ribbon breakfasts
Many locals supported the Breast Cancer Foundation and joined two of the Pink Ribbon breakfasts which were organised in the Karangahake Gorge and Waihi Beach last weekend.
One breakfast took place at the Karangahake Winery Estate on Saturday and the other was at the Waihi Beach Hotel on Sunday.
Overall, nearly 130 people supported the Breast Cancer Foundation cause and local businesses donated gifts to auction or be raffled on both of the events.
Karangahake Winery Estate visitors were dressed in pink last Saturday to support the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Pink bubbles were flowing at the winery for the Pink Ribbon Breakfast.
Owner Chantelle Wheaton and her staff raised close to $1000 for the cause.
The team organised a chef’s buffet with many prizes raffled. A silent auction, including a pair of silver earrings were donated by Waihi jeweller, Diamonds on Seddon.
Many other businesses joined the fundraising, donating gift and gourmet baskets such as Waihi florists Koru and Where the Wild Things Grow.
Artist Steven Gravison offered one of his paintings, natural beauty products made in Waihi Beach, award-winning wine and frozen meal packages were also up for grabs.
Chantelle Wheaton says she wanted to bring the community together.
“I have always supported the Breast Cancer foundation during my previous career too.”
Winery chef Karyn Williams was instrumental in setting the event up.
“It is a cause close to my heart and I lost a friend from breast cancer,” she says. A total of 47 women — and one man — joined the appeal, a mix of regulars and new faces.
Hoping to reach a fundraising target of $500, Chantelle, Karyn and the rest of the staff were happy to see the fundraising went beyond their expectations.
Chef Karyn Williams spoke to the attendees.
The upstairs room was full.
Owner of Karangahake Winery Estate, Chantelle Wheaton.
A chef’s breakfast was served.