‘Fantastic’ results for Pink Ribbon events

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nzCatherine Hamilton’s Pink Breakfast events have raised more than $12,000, making her second in the country on the Pink Ribbon Breakfast individual fundraising leader board website.

Her target was $8000.

Mrs Hamilton, of Alexandra, who is Monteiths Brewery Bar’s function manager, organised both a Pink Ribbon breakfast and a dinner for 65 people for each event, in May, and had raised $12,047 in total to date.

“For a small town like Alexandra, that is just fantastic,” Mrs Hamilton said.

“We sold out and had a waiting list for tickets.”

The money raised goes to the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand to provide research and support for women with breast cancer.

Mrs Hamilton has held eight Pink Breakfast events during the 10 years the foundation has run its fundraiser.

“They just get bigger and bigger.

“This is the second year in a row I’ve hosted these Pink Ribbon events at Monteiths.”

“We had special guests at both events and Mayor Tim Cadogan joined the dinner as our auctioneer.”

have been great, in particular the kitchen manager who managed to get a ton of food donated, and then I had the rest sponsored by some wonderful local businesses, meaning every ticket sold was a direct donation to the foundation.”

Mrs Hamilton said her grandmother had died of breast cancer about 25 years ago and others in her family had it.

“I am very aware of the effect it had on our family and the effect it continues to have on our family,” she said.

The 18 Pink Ribbon Breakfast events held in Central Otago in May were among the 3750 events hosted throughout the country, constituting one of the biggest participations in the 10-year history of the breakfasts.

Breast Cancer Foundation communications manager Glenda Kane said the foundation was grateful to all of the Central Otago locals who hosted or attended an event to raise vital funds for breast cancer research and support.

She said about $15,000 was raised by the region, and more was to come.

“Catherine’s efforts are amazing and we are so impressed with her energy and creativity.

“However, we also acknowledge the smaller events in the region.

“We’re grateful to all the hosts and their guests, as every little bit counts.”