A toast to Pink Ribbon breakfasts

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 05:00 18/06/2014
Pink Ribbon Breakfast
EMMA SCOTT
FOR CHARITY: Pink Ribbon Breakfast guests Sarah Butt and Hannah Livingston.

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Cantabrians have gone above and beyond this year, raising nearly $100,000 for breast cancer by hosting breakfasts and brunches.

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation Pink Ribbon Breakfasts have been a huge success.

Nearly 300 events were held in Canterbury this year, where the hosts organised and catered for family, friends, friends of friends and even strangers.

High school teacher Emma Scott and her mother, Eli Wilson, hosted 36 women for an elaborate brunch this month, determined to top last year's 30-person guest list.

They raised nearly $2000 for the cause.

Scott said the cause was important to her family. Wilson's mother, Scott's grandmother, died from breast cancer aged 57.

The women rallied supporters and managed to donate the whole $30 brunch ticket price to NZBCF. Fresh Choice Merivale donated all the ingredients for the menu and Oh Buttercup Events laid on the decorations and settings.

"Everyone was stoked with what we put together," Scott said.

"The idea is that everyone feels like the $30 they spent was an amazing $30, but we also like to donate the whole ticket value too."

Scott and Wilson whipped up three courses, including raspberry brioche, pumpkin and chorizo quiche, and strawberry cake in jars for dessert.

Hosts set their own menu, ticket price and event size, and donate whatever they can from the event.

Scott and Wilson also hosted silent auctions and a quiz during their event to put more money into the donation.

Cantabrians are all encouraged to get involved with the fundraising drive next year, and Scott and Wilson are planning a bloke's night as well as a brunch for the ladies.

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