Record crowd at Pink Ribbon morning tea

Cancer survivor Penelope Anderson, of Waikouaiti, and Danika Billington, 16, of Palmerston, attend the Pink Ribbon morning tea in the Palmerston Sports Hall, yesterday.

A record crowd came to the event, which is a fundraiser for breast cancer research.

Co-organiser Heather McGregor said the size of the crowd — 130 people — surprised her.

All the organised seating was taken so the last of the crowd had to take seats at the side.

It was not a bad effort after the first morning tea, back in 2013, took place in Mrs McGregor’s lounge.

The crowd enjoyed the morning tea and then opened their wallets and purses for many raffles and an auction.

Mrs Anderson is a cancer survivor twice over and has been a regular at the event.

She supported the event as funds raised went to a good cause.

More than $9000 was raised at the event.

Nearly $70,000 has been raised since the first Pink Ribbon morning tea more than a decade ago.

A line dancing event next Friday, also at the hall, would add to the money raised.