CLONCURRY breast cancer fund-raiser Breast Friends Day has garnered unexpected support ahead of its fourth year, including a second Australia Day award naming it the best community event in Cloncurry.
The World Health Organisation recently revealed that cancer is now the biggest killer in Australia, ahead of heart disease, and one in eight women are still expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Breast Friends Day founder Kylie Warrian said this year McGrath Foundation ambassador and director Tracy Bevan was making the trip to rural Queensland to recognise the success of the event and generosity of the community.
“She couldn’t come up last year but she’s actually moved around a few family events to make it here this year which is pretty incredible,” she said.
“I just think it’s really important for her to come up here and see a small community that’s raised so much for the McGrath Foundation.”
In the last three years the fund-raiser has eclipsed the $50,000 goal Ms Warrian set out to raise, pulling in a massive $62,550 for the cause.
Ms Warrian said she was still keen to raise more money for the McGrath Foundation but wanted this year’s event to celebrate local events and bring people together.
“I think this year it’s really important to showcase our local events because everyone is struggling with the drought and things like depression,” she said.
“We need to try and bring everyone together and give everyone support.
“It’s crucial for a small community to know that we’re all here to back each other up.”
This year’s Breast Friends Day will feature activities and challenges for men and women, raffles, a presentation by Tracy Bevan and a bus service to transport Mount Isa and Julia Creek residents to Cloncurry for the event if there’s enough support for it.
Ms Warrian said she was grateful for the network around Queensland who helped her organise the event and said people had already “come out of the woodwork” to help make this year’s Breast Friends Day just as successful as the last three.
“People just want to be involved and it’s amazing when they contact you and you don’t have to do so much contacting,” she laughed.
“There’s a lot more volunteers this year and people down the street saying, `ring me if you need help’ .”
Breast Friends Day will be held at the Cloncurry Racecourse on Saturday, March 22 and tickets are available from March 1.
For more information about the event email Kylie Warrian at [email protected]南京夜网 or contact the Breast Friends Day Cloncurry Facebook page.
BREAST FRIENDS DAY: Cloncurry volunteers Margaret Kenny, Kylie Warrian, Karen Elphick and Ros Hearnhave united again to bring Breast Friends Day to Cloncurry and raise money for The McGrath Foundation.
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