Think Pink: raising cancer awareness in Bali

A PASSIONATE group of Tweed women dedicated to raising cancer awareness overseas have almost reached their $10,000 target.

The 18-month campaign by the Aussie Friends Helping Bali Friends group will come to an end on June 22.

Lois O'Connor and Dianne Johnston have been working hard to help Bali Pink Ribbon's organisation.

"We're raffling off a number of handmade quilts," Mrs O'Connor said.

"We've been selling tickets for three months now."

The homemade hand crafted quits, made by more than 44 women, are estimated to be worth $1500 to $2000 each.

"Di Johnston is really a master quilter and so is her family and the Murwillumbah Quilters group," Mrs Connor said.

A number of groups including the Rotary Club of Mt Warning (AM club) and the Southern Gold Coast Tweed group also helped to raise more than $1000 through ticket sales.

With the help of morning teas, the raffle tickets and other fundraising the group are just shy of their $10,000 target and hope people of the Tweed will dig deep.

In May, Mrs O'Connor participated in the Bali Pink Ribbon Walk and during that time helped a number of women get tested for lumps in their breasts.

More then 200 women were tested and came back as critical.

As a result, these women have now undergone life saving surgery.

A number of other women with lumps detected have started treatment to save their lives.

"Our aim is early detection and awareness," she said.

If you can help the woman out contact Lois on 0407 927 449 to buy a ticket for $2.

The raffle will be drawn at Tumbulgum Tavern about 8pm on June 22.

There are five great quilts up for grabs.

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