• Susan Proctor and Louise Morris

    Susan Proctor and Louise Morris

  • Sarah Burrows and Nicola Powell

    Sarah Burrows and Nicola Powell

  • Paul Walshe and Rob Service

    Paul Walshe and Rob Service

  • Michael Neuman and Karen Morris

    Michael Neuman and Karen Morris

  • Maria and Allan Hawke with Koula Notaras

    Maria and Allan Hawke with Koula Notaras

  • Kristin McDowall, Alex Ravenscroft and Rachel Gibson

    Kristin McDowall, Alex Ravenscroft and Rachel Gibson

  • Jane and Spero Cassidy

    Jane and Spero Cassidy

  • Michael Phelps and Margaret Reid with Brian Acworth

    Michael Phelps and Margaret Reid with Brian Acworth

  • Allen Williams, Justin Stanwix and John Mackay

    Allen Williams, Justin Stanwix and John Mackay

  • Pink Bow Bikkies

    Pink Bow Bikkies

  • Stephen Parker and John Mackay

    Stephen Parker and John Mackay

  • Dorothy Service, Michael Costello and Christine Wallace

    Dorothy Service, Michael Costello and Christine Wallace

  • Mary Weber, Koula Notaras and Jaime Svensson

    Mary Weber, Koula Notaras and Jaime Svensson

  • Mikael Svensson and Owen Finegan

    Mikael Svensson and Owen Finegan

  • Susie Service, Jim Service a nd Mary Stanwix

    Susie Service, Jim Service a nd Mary Stanwix

  • Deanne Glanville, Angela Peppas and Anna Christodoulou

    Deanne Glanville, Angela Peppas and Anna Christodoulou

  • Entertaining guests were Harmony Lovegrove and her dad Darryl Lovegrove

    Entertaining guests were Harmony Lovegrove and her dad Darryl Lovegrove

  • John Bradley

    John Bradley

  • Rona Moufarrige, Josie Webb, Kristin McDowall and Laura Martin

    Rona Moufarrige, Josie Webb, Kristin McDowall and Laura Martin

  • James Willson and Nicole Dimoff

    James Willson and Nicole Dimoff

  • Paul Walshe.

    Paul Walshe.

  • Rosy Heness, DSebbie Betts, Kelly Walshe and Jenny Notaras

    Rosy Heness, DSebbie Betts, Kelly Walshe and Jenny Notaras

  • David Milo with Glenn and Amelda Keys

    David Milo with Glenn and Amelda Keys

  • Helen Parkes and Virginia Parkes

    Helen Parkes and Virginia Parkes

  • Bob Prosser, Lena Britton, Tony and Lynne Tonks and Margaret Saboisky

    Bob Prosser, Lena Britton, Tony and Lynne Tonks and Margaret Saboisky

  • Bob and Anna Prosser, Carol Renouf, John Saboisky and Garth Britton

    Bob and Anna Prosser, Carol Renouf, John Saboisky and Garth Britton

  • Ayesha Razzaq's pretty pink shoes soon to be exchanged for her New York Marathon Runners. Go Ayesha!

    Ayesha Razzaq's pretty pink shoes soon to be exchanged for her New York Marathon Runners. Go Ayesha!

  • June Gordon and Elizabeth Grant

    June Gordon and Elizabeth Grant

  • Allan and Janeen Williams

    Allan and Janeen Williams

  • David and Beverly Grimmond

    David and Beverly Grimmond

  • Anne Kowalski with Stephen and Courtney Moore

    Anne Kowalski with Stephen and Courtney Moore

  • Doris Hill, Carole Renouf CEO of the NBCF and Dorothy Service ACT committee chair

    Doris Hill, Carole Renouf CEO of the NBCF and Dorothy Service ACT committee chair

  • Craig McGregor and Melissa Cabban

    Craig McGregor and Melissa Cabban

  • Best Dressed winners Lynne Pezzullo and Stephen Byron

    Best Dressed winners Lynne Pezzullo and Stephen Byron

  • Tanya Tosolini, Katie Stuart, Trenae Buisk and Danni Urquhart

    Tanya Tosolini, Katie Stuart, Trenae Buisk and Danni Urquhart

The Pink Dinner for the NBCF

22 October 2014

The ninth annual National Breast Cancer Foundation Pink Dinner at the Hyatt Hotel had the perfect pink hued accoutrements decorating the ballroom, pink bow bikkies to have with coffee, a major raffle collection where just being there gave you a chance to win big and a grand final raffle prize of earrings with luscious pink argyle diamonds and perfect white diamond petals. So lovely and so precious that donor Michael Neuman of Mondial, kept his little pink box close by all night. My dinner companions, male medicos of the fun kind, were planning to share the spoils if they won, even contemplating a nose decoration each! 

But it was the indefatigable Paul Walshe as MC who shone once again in his favourite pink suit, heading up the small committee of dedicated ‘pink ladies’ who make this event the glamour one of the year on our social whirl. The reason for that is they eschew the hard yards of big auctions, the time consuming process of silent auctions and just go with the appeal to the guests method, i.e. just fill in your credit card number and we’ll do the rest. And quietly and sincerely this generous Canberra crowd with a big percentage of regulars from the first event in the tent at Floriade, on to the spruced up Albert Hall and nowadays happily enjoying Hyatt hospitality support the cause.

Carole Renouf the CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation the guest speaker and while her speech is kept short by local committee chair Dorothy Service whose heard a few too many long ones in her life, Renouf was able to tell us the stats, explain the way forward in current research and identify the new target demographic, with the aim for zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. 

This year there were many younger ladies attending looking glam and having a great time epitomizing this target group for the NBCF efforts to raise awareness for them to be vigilant and alert to breast cancer, because it can happen to you and yours. And any chance of delivering on the zero will need more breast screening, particularly encouraging those who don’t want to even think about the possibility of cancer to have regular mammograms. Head in the sand wont make it better but getting in early and getting the right kind of help can save your life. It saved mine and I’d happily support making regular breast screening compulsory.
 
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