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Pink ribbon breakfast serves up smiles

Golf club Smiles and support were on the menu for a special Pink Ribbon Breakfast in aid of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

Many of the woman at Awatere Golf Club have first hand experience of dealing with breast cancer.

So, when it came to combining their love of the game with the chance to lend a helping hand, members were keen to help out.

Two members, are currently undergoing treatment for the disease so it was even more important this year, says event organiser Gayle Marfell

“It struck a chord. A lot of our ladies have gone through breast cancer.

“We’re a little club with about 70 members and almost everyone volunteers and does their bit for it.

“Our president Kelly is quite sick at the moment and this is a way we can show her support,” Gayle says.

Last week’s champagne breakfast golf tournament and high tea attracted 45 people.

In its second year, the club’s event raised more than $2000.

For mum of two Kelly Pitts, 41, who is almost at the end of radiation and chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, the event was particularly special.

“The whole Seddon community has been very supportive.

“I found a small lump and even the doctors were surprised to discover it had spread to my lymph nodes.

“We don’t have a history of cancer in the family either.

“There are ladies at the club who are at the age where they have regular mammograms and are cancer survivors.

“It’s wonderful to have that support and to raise both money and awareness,” she says.

​Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand is a not-for-profit charitable trust.

It relies totally on donations to fund the latest technologies and to ensure Kiwis have access to new treatments as early as possible.

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