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Urgent plea for Pink Ribbon volunteers in Northland


Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is urgently looking for local volunteers to help out with its Pink Ribbon Street Appeal October 30-31.

Around 70 collectors will be at sites across the region, but area coordinators are still needed in Whangarei, Hikurangi, Kaikohe, Kaitaia and Mangawhai to manage a small team of volunteers at local collection sites. Area coordinators will be supplied with a detailed briefing, a roster of volunteer collectors, street permits, and all the materials necessary to run a successful appeal.

The Pink Ribbon Street Appeal raises vital funds to support women going through breast cancer, search for ground-breaking scientific discoveries and spread the message about the importance of early detection and going for regular mammograms. Across Aotearoa 10,000 volunteers will raise money at 1,400 collection points.

Each year, around 170 women are diagnosed in the Northland District Health Board area, with around 25 losing their lives to breast cancer.

“I’m volunteering in this year’s Pink Ribbon Street Appeal as I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and it’s a cause very close to my heart,” says Whangarei collector Kim Simes.

“I am very grateful for the care I received and I want to give back. I also want to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis and help to improve outcomes for breast cancer patients.

“I was blessed to get through my breast cancer journey. Looking back, I met some incredible people and I also found a new value in life, the experience has made me appreciate the small things.”

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ chief executive, Evangelia Henderson, says it’s been a tough year for everyone.

“We couldn’t run the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal without the support of our amazing volunteers. By giving a little time, people in Northland can make a huge difference. The money raised will help us to make zero deaths from breast cancer a reality, funding breast cancer research, education and patient support.

“We never imagined we’d be launching this year’s appeal in the middle of a global pandemic. But this year has shown how great New Zealanders are at banding together, and we hope Northland will show some love for Kiwis affected by breast cancer by supporting our appeal.”

„ Anyone interested in being either a volunteer coordinator or collector is encouraged to email pinkribbon@bcf.org.nz or phone 0508 105 105 for more information.

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