Julie Hughes (centre) collecting for Pink Ribbon Day in
2011 with her late mother Alma Stephenson (left) and
daughter Megan. Mrs Hughes wants to hear from any
businesses or individuals who can give up two hours of
their time on October 11 or 12 to raise money for the New
Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation during its annual Pink
Ribbon Street Appeal. Photo supplied.
The Wakatipu will turn pink next month, raising money for
the New Zealand Brest Cancer Foundation, but the organiser of
the Wakatipu's Pink Ribbon Street Appeal is in desperate need
Julie Hughes, of Arrowtown, said she was asking Queenstown
and Arrowtown businesses and individuals to give up two hours
of their time on October 11 or 12 to help with street
collections around the basin.
For the past six years Mrs Hughes and her daughter Megan have
raised up to $4000 a year in Arrowtown, to help with
information and support services in the district for breast
cancer, the most common form of cancer affecting New Zealand
This year fundraising efforts had been expanded into
Queenstown. The Glebe general manager Anne Henley is
co-ordinating Queenstown volunteers, working alongside the
Inner Wheel Club which will help collect on October 11.
''For the Pink Ribbon fundraising what I'm looking for is
businesses and individuals who are prepared to give up just
two hours of their time, get dressed up in pink if they want
to, have a bit of a laugh and some fun with it, and set up
some key collection points around Queenstown and Arrowtown,''
Mrs Hughes said.
''If people get in touch with me I'll set them up with a time
and a place and I'm happy for businesses to also have a
collection box at their office."
She hoped to at least double the amount of money raised this
year and also promote early detection, which she said was the
''biggest key to decreasing risk and fighting this disease''.
As part of this year's Pink Ribbon events, former C4
presenter and breast cancer sufferer Helena McAlpine will be
in the resort to spread the work about early detection and
The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce has organised a morning
tea with Ms McAlpine where she will share her story and
provide information about support.
Queenstown breast cancer survivor Diana McIlwrick, will also
speak about her experience.
• To help with fundraising, contact Julie@arrowevents.co.nz
or 027 633-1252.
• The Chamber of Commerce morning tea is at 10.15am on
Friday, October 11 at the Novotel Queenstown.
To register email email@example.com
Breast Cancer New Zealand Facts
• Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in
• One in three cancers occurring in New Zealand women is
• About 2800 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year
- more than seven every day.
• Over 600 women die from breast cancer each year.
• One in nine women in New Zealand will be diagnosed with
breast cancer in their lifetime.
• 75% of women who develop breast cancer are 50 years of age
• Maori women have a 66% higher mortality rate than
• One in 10 men in New Zealand will lose a sister, mother,
daughter or wife to breast cancer.
• Close to 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer survive
for more than five years after their initial diagnosis.
• While it is uncommon, men can get breast cancer, too.
• The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation recommends annual
mammograms for women aged 40-49, then every two years from