Sharon Dowling with bodybuilding brothers Aaron (left) and Brendan Pateman showing their support for the pink ribbon breakfast at the Zest restaurant at SCU on October 24.
Sharon Dowling with bodybuilding brothers Aaron (left) and Brendan Pateman showing their support for the pink ribbon breakfast at the Zest restaurant at SCU on October 24.

Guys showing true colours

IT'S not too late to add your muscle to this year's Pink Ribbon fundraising effort with an array of events to choose from around the region next week.

The Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon Day on Monday, October 24 aims to help raise awareness about breast cancer, as well as raise funds for research, early prevention and patient support programs.

The Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise - Pink Breakfast is on again next Friday, October 28 at Zest restaurant at Southern Cross University and organiser Sharon Dowling has employed body builders Brendan and Aaron Pateman to help her do the heavy lifting for this year's event.

"This is our fifth year running and we are expecting about 150 at next week's event to raise between three and four thousand dollars," she said.

"We have plenty of raffles and door prizes on offer donated by local businesses including 12 months membership to the SCU Gym and Pool."

The boys from behind the bar at Goonellabah Tavern, the "Hilltop Hotties", will again be getting their kit off for the cause at the Girls Night on Friday, October 28 at the Hilltop Tavern in Goonellabah.

The Hotties will also be raising awareness of breast cancer today as they dress up in pink and hit the highway leaving the main street in Ballina at 7am ending up at the Hilly a few hours later.

"The boys are amazed at the amount of women affected by breast cancer, and so decided to take their support one step further this year and hit the streets" says organiser Kim Berger.

The Girls Night In kicks off from 7.30pm with a Secret Women's Business workshop, displays from Destiny Cosmetic & Wellness Clinic, Little polli & the blackbird and Devilish Nights. Tickets are just $10 and include bubbles and nibbles on arrival.

Breast Cancer Facts

  • Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women after non-melanoma skin cancer.
  • There are close 12,700 new cases a year in Australia.
  • The risk of being diagnosed by age 85 is 1 in 9 for women and 1 in 730 for men
  • Mammographic screening every two years is recommended for women aged 50-70 years.
  • Younger women in high risk groups may be screened by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • Pink Ribbon Events
  • Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise - Pink Breakfast - 7am. Friday 28th October 28th Zest at Southern Cross University, Lismore. Contact Sharon Dowling 0416 242 772
  • Hilltop Hotties Friday October 28. Contact Matty Anderson on 0412 029 339
  • Multitask Human Resource Foundation, in East Lismore
  • Lismore Challenge Morning Tea
  • Jenny Craig, Lismore
  • Rochdale Financial Services in Goonellabah - Wear Pink
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries, Wollongbar - Wear Pink
  • St Josephs' Nursing Home - Wear Pink


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