Pink lights on cancer

HINERANGI VAIMOSO
Last updated 08:12 07/12/2012
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THNK PINK: The Tipi family on Broadfield Rd in Massey have covered their house in pink Christmas light for breast cancer awareness.

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It's the display that will send little girls into a frenzy this Christmas and hopefully send their mums to the doctors.

There are two messages the Tipi family is trying to get out this Christmas with a dazzling lights display on Broadfield Rd in Massey.

One being the story of Christmas and the other a health message to women after the death of 35-year-old Moana Tipi to breast cancer.

Husband Fa'amalua Tipi says overwhelming support from friends, relatives and even strangers has helped the family adjust to life without her.

"And not just from around here either, we've had support from all over Auckland with donations to the Breast Cancer Foundation which has been amazing."

The Tipi family, famous for its spectacular Christmas light displays, spent the past two months collecting pink lights, spreading their net as far as the United States to add to the thousands of lights needed to beam their breast cancer awareness message to passers-by.

Mr Tipi's mother Laine Tipi says after telling their story in the Western Leader in October, people have donated pink lights, handpainted clear fairy lights with pink nailpolish and money to put towards buying lights for the display.

"We had so many people ringing us saying our story brought tears to their eyes," she says.

The Tipi family flicked the switch on December 1.

There have been about 50 people a night driving by.

Collection buckets for the Breast Cancer Foundation are out and so too are the Tipi grandchildren giving pink candy floss in return.

If you want to donate the account name is Moana Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser. Kiwibank: 38-9002-0311196-09.

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