Bowl over scourge of cancer
ON PINK Ribbon Day, breast cancer was attacked by strong numbers at the Burleigh Heads Bowls Club.
About 300 people breakfasted last Monday and raised $9800 in memory of founding Burleigh In Pink committee member Assunta Oppedisano, who lost her fight against cancer four years ago.
Chairwoman Zeta Thomas said the organisation continued to grow and local business support had been "exceptional".
"And this is evident by the representation of business people here this morning," Ms Thomas said.
"Last year, we raised the sum of $18,520 during the week and obviously we would like to exceed that this year. Our pink window campaign has become rather competitive this year, with more of you making an extra special effort."
She thanked Academy of Design Robina director Rycki Symons and said his students had spent the year decorating bras for the morning's fashion parade and auction.
"Rycki held a 'Bras for the Cause' workshop in April, which was a lot of fun," said Ms Thomas.
"He had pupils from the academy, plus teachers and students from other schools, as well as some of us committee members trying to show our creative side.
"We tried but didn't do too well," Ms Thomas laughed.
"We stepped in and said of course we would help and the Bead Shop in Burleigh has been a big supporter for supplies," said Mr Symons.
"Now our students learn to bead bras and get involved with the community, while people from the broader community associated with breast cancer get involved with us.
"We'd like to think we've helped Burleigh In Pink raise a lot of money over the last two years."
The late Mrs Oppedisano's husband Robert, son Daniel, daughter Alana, sister Katerina and her daughters Assunta and Margerite also attended the breakfast in her honour.
Sports stars such as world champion and Olympic triathlete Emma Moffat, Australian and Olympic sprint, freestyle, butterfly and individual medley swimmer Alice Mills and Australian and world masters sprint champion cyclist Julie Barnett were there to support the cause and raffle signed sporting merchandise.