Over 100 local residents joined the Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland MP, for a community morning tea as part of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month this morning.
The event at the Toongabbie Community Centre raised $1,349.50 including a very generous donation of $500 from the Kings Langley Lions Club.
“I’d like to thank everyone who attended and donated to this great cause. Once again the local community have shown their enormous generosity and raised vital funds for breast cancer research,” Ms Rowland said.
“All of us have had our lives impacted by cancer in some way, whether it’s a relative, friend or colleague. My mother died of breast cancer when I was 17 years old, so I’m passionate about raising both awareness and funds which will go towards research, prevention and a cure.”
Attendees heard from Cr Kathie Collins about the success of the Relay for Life initiative in the Blacktown area over the last several years, and from Denise Jerome about the local ‘Knitted Knockers’ group, which knits cotton prosthesis for women who have had a mastectomy.
Local resident Jennifer Fildes also told the event about her inspirational story of survival from breast cancer.
Members of the Kings Langley Lions Club and students from Toongabbie Christian College helped out with the sale of Pink Ribbon merchandise and the St Anthony’s Primary School Girraween choir provided wonderful entertainment.
All prizes for the raffles held on the day were generously donated by local businesses:
- Toongabbie Sports Club.
- Indian Beauty House, Seven Hills.
- Lalor Thai Restaurant.
- Seven Hills Toongabbie RSL Club.