Raising awareness and funds for life-changing breast cancer research, communities along the NSW north coast will be able to join in the fun of one of Australia’s best-loved charity events, the Pink Ribbon Breakfast, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).
Setting off from the Gold Coast on Sunday 20 September will be the unusual sight of a pink Winnebago caravan towed by the new Ranger truck which was designed and developed in Australia by NBCF’s long term partner Ford. This striking pair will be stopping at 11 BIG4 Holiday Parks along the way. With the support of other national and local partners, holiday-makers and locals alike will be able to participate in a raft of fun and free community activities taking place each morning.
Pink Minnie will be at North Star Holiday Park on the morning of Monday, 21 September.
Join one of the biggest, pinkest mornings on the Pink Minnie Breakfast Tour at the North Star Holiday Resort in Hastings Point – meet Coco Chanel, the pink poodle, who will be setting up temporary home in the pink Winnebago. The ‘Big Dripper’ in Sammy’s Lagoon Adventure will turn pink for the morning (in-house guests only), and kids can help the park’s executive chef whip up a massive stack of pink pancakes. There’ll also be face painting, temporary tattoos, kids’ games and balloons, as well as product sampling and giveaways from NBCF partners.
Each site will host a PINK MY VAN competition with decorations donated to each BIG4 Holiday Park by Lombard. A JS Surfboard, donated and signed by pro surfer and NBCF Ambassador Julian Wilson, along with other pro surfers including Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater, will also be raffled throughout the trip.
NBCF representatives will be on hand to discuss the Foundation’s key role in funding life-changing breast cancer research, highlights of current research projects and how NBCF-funded research is already making a difference in the treatment and management of breast cancer in Australia.
With 42 women in Australia diagnosed with breast cancer each day in Australia, the disease is the largest cause of cancer-related death in women globally. Survival rates have improved dramatically in the past 20 years, and NBCF believes research is the only way of achieving a goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.
NBCF-funded research is making a huge difference. Around one-third of breast cancer patients will have tumours that become resistant to standard chemotherapy, and their cancer may recur and spread to other parts of the body. This is the leading cause of death and one of the biggest challenges in managing breast cancer. NBCF-funded researchers are developing techniques for earlier detection of cancer, and new treatment strategies for patients whose breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Other researchers are developing a revolutionary technique for delivering chemotherapy into the cancer cell only – avoiding the surrounding normal cells and that cells that cause resistance to chemotherapy.
NBCF Chair Elaine Henry said the regional tour is a way to say thank you to the vast number of community supporters.
“Since NBCF was founded in 1994, more than $115 million has been allocated to over 400 research projects, none of which would be possible without the passionate support of local communities such as Hastings Point, and our corporate partners.
“We are so excited to take a journey towards a cure ‘on the road’ with the Pink Minnie Breakfast Tour and look forward to engaging with supporters and the community along the way,” Ms Henry said.
The Pink Minnie Breakfast Tour will arrive in Sydney on 1 October, with events taking place at the forecourt of the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. 1 October marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, recognised internationally.
Major partners of the Pink Minnie Breakfast Tour include Winnebago, Apollo Motorhome Holidays, BIG4 Holiday Parks, Ford and CIL Insurance. Event supporters, many of whom will provide samples and giveaways, include Rid, Coco Samu, Green’s, IGA, Mission, Brumbys Bakery, adairs, Dometic, Waeco, Drift Paddleboards, Sheldon & Hammond, Social Playground and Rapala.
Visit www.pinkminnie.org.au or SMS PINK to 0400 866 866 for information or to donate to life-changing breast cancer research in Australia.
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About the National Breast Cancer Foundation:
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer. Since NBCF was established in 1994, over $115 million has been awarded to more than 400 Australian-based research projects to improve the health and wellbeing of those affected by breast cancer.
When NBCF was founded in 1994, 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer passed away from the disease. In 20 years, this figure has halved.
For more information, visit www.nbcf.org.au