Speakers recount cancer fight
AS tears rolled down his cheeks, Trevor Neilson spoke of his wife’s battle with breast cancer and the effect it had on his young family, and the 275-strong crowd at Killarney’s Pink Ribbon Brunch knew exactly why they were there.
Organiser Tania Lamb said this was the first year they invited guest speakers to talk about their journeys, giving the attendees an insight into why the annual fundraiser was so important to the region.
The speakers also included breast cancer survivor Narelle Rossiter, who delivered a heartfelt, humorous and raw poem about her battle – from discovering a lump in her breast to going through chemotherapy and check-ups, as well as Sonya Carr, another survivor who has spent the past decade beating the odds and is determined to continue her fight.
“It was a great morning from all accounts. Given how much the community has suffered the past year it was fantastic to get so much support,” Mrs Lamb, a breast cancer survivor herself, said.
While they are still tallying up the final fundraising figure, it’s already in excess of $21,000 with proceeds from the silent auction of nine items, door sales and multi-draw raffle tickets.
The biggest ticket item – the John Deere ride-on mower – sold for a whopping $5000 and a last-minute addition of a mulberry pie leftover from Mary MacKillop celebrations fetched a cool $100 for the cause.
Mrs Lamb thanked the hordes of volunteers who helped make food and the people who donated auction and raffle prizes, with a special mention to Steele’s Bakery Cafe who kept the guests happy with cakes and croissants.
But the hard work doesn’t stop now for the Killarney supermum, as her next project of a unique bovine-selling breast cancer fundraiser has begun.