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Pink ladies need a hand

Thursday, 20th July, 2017

Breast Cancer Support Group members (from left) Leeann Clogg, Fay Fryer, Helen Bates and Julie Garner with some of the pink rosettes they have been making for Pink October. Breast Cancer Support Group members (from left) Leeann Clogg, Fay Fryer, Helen Bates and Julie Garner with some of the pink rosettes they have been making for Pink October.

By Emily Roberts

Volunteers were very busy on Saturday putting together over 200 rosettes for Pink October, and that’s just the beginning.

Even though it’s July, the Breast Cancer Support Group Committee is already preparing to turn the town pink in October.

Member Leeann Clogg said they had a good start on Saturday making 210 pink rosettes between 11 volunteers.

Fellow member Fay Fryer said they are in desperate need of volunteers.

“Some of our members have been sick and can’t help out,” Fay said.

“We’ve also had one of our members pass away.”

The next rosette-making day will be on August 5, Saturday from 11am - 3pm at Westside Plaza in the store next to Autograph.

“They are very easy to make, anyone can do it,” Leeann said.

“If not, we can give you another job to do. We’ve got lots that can be done.”

The Breast Cancer Support Group has been raising money since 2006, but upped their efforts in 2014 with the organisation of a Pink Ball, sale of pink merchandise and pink decorations for the town.

Through their fundraising efforts they have been able to supply the local hospital with a vein finding machine, a lymphedema measuring machine, four portable laser machines (two went to RFDS and two to the local hospital), a fridge for the oncology unit and two recliner chairs for oncology.

“We also donated $6,000 to train two lymphedema nurses,” Fay said.

“Most of the money we raise stays in town, we have made a few donations to Greenhill Lodge (where locals can access accommodation when receiving treatment).

“We have also donated $15,000 worth of wigs to the local wig bank. That is available to all cancer patients, not just breast cancer and not just women.”

Leeann said the group was very grateful for the continued support from the community.

“I think the community realises that the service our group provides is for all of Broken Hill and we are so grateful for the community’s support and understanding,” she said.

“We would also like to thank Westside Plaza for their continued support in allowing us space to work and sell the merchandise.”

This year, the breast cancer support group won’t host a ball but they will have smaller events throughout October.

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