The ladies were all “pretty in pink” at Glen Eden Bowling Clubs recent Pink Ribbon Ladies Tournament. The tournament that was held to raise awareness of breast cancer attracted 54 players from all over Auckland, and as far north as Dargaville, for some top quality lawn bowls as well as raising much needed funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.
The event was also a chance for participants to remember friends and family who had died from breast cancer, with a short silence at the start of the day and a “Sista’s board” in place for attendees to write the names of family and friends that were in our thoughts on the day, undergoing treatment, survivors, and those that have passed. Karen Watts gave a short talk about the Henderson branch of Breast Cancer Support group that she runs. www.breastcancersupport.co.nz
Sponsor and bowler Chris Pegg spoke later at the prizegiving about the reason she wanted to be involved in the tournament, expressing the thoughts of many there:
“The reason why Mat and I and my sister were quite keen to support this tournament was, we’ve been family that had been really blessed by good health, four kids, my mum and dad, everyone’s still alive and my sister a couple of years ago was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at the age of 47 and just looking back, we know that nine women are diagnosed on average per day, 600 die a year, but importantly 30% of woman are not in a screening program. And my sister wasn’t, and so if her condition had been diagnosed a lot earlier she wouldn’t have gone through the extensive surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, reconstruction, etc. And even though I was a nurse I hadn’t realized you put your life on hold for at least two years while you go through all of this, the numerous times to ED and all that. The impact on families and friends that we don’t often acknowledge as well. So, I just implore everyone, and this is for guys as well; where there is the chance for screening do it, it’s really worth it.”
The tournament was a great success raising $1100 for a very worthy cause. Well done to everyone involved.
1st New Lynn, Rhianne Tippett(skip),Rachel Hancock, Carol Berry.
2nd Milford, B C Jan Hutton(s)
3rd Glen Eden, Siosiana Simpson(s)
4th Glen Eden, Judy Raill(s)
5th Glen Eden, Rae McKie (s)
6th Titirangi RSA, Karen Kuzimski (s)
If you would like to make a donation to Breast Cancer Research or Breast Cancer Support then please contact the Breast Cancer Foundation or Breast cancer support at;
Breast Cancer Foundation 09 304 0766, www.breastcancerfoundation.org.nz
Breast Cancer Support 0800 273 222, www.breastcancersupport.co.nz