A whirl of pink balloons, pink dresses and even pink bubbly marked the colourful success of yesterday's Ladies Luncheon in support of Breast Cancer Month.
Event organiser and Winton Business Association president Maria Scammell said the turnout was the highest since the event was first held three years ago.
"Each year it's just getting bigger and better," she said.
The luncheon, at the Winton Top Pub garden bar, was attended by 140 women, most of whom had been affected in some way by breast cancer, Mrs Scammell said.
Ten dollars from each ticket sold, as well as proceeds from a raffle, would go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
Raffle prizes were donated by local firms and included meal vouchers and massages.
Winton resident and Intimo lingerie party host Linda Riordan offered to contribute $50 for every Intimo lingerie party held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month towards the cause.
Among guests was Lynne Laverty, who spoke of her shock when first diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.
"I was one of those ladies who never checked their breasts," she said.
"I never thought it would happen to me."
The sentiment was shared by Michelle Carleton, who said her diagnosis last year felt like a "bolt out of the blue".
"I was fit, healthy, didn't smoke and didn't drink," she said, "and then I had cancer."
Maree Smith, who has celebrated 10 years since her diagnosis, said she now treated every birthday as a gift.
The women agreed the luncheon was an excellent way to raise awareness and create a wider support network for those affected by the disease, especially in the rural community.
Their message for those fighting cancer was to stay strong and positive, and to make use of support networks.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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