140 members of the community gathered at Brothers Leagues Club to raise funds for breast cancer care in the West Moreton region on Friday, marking the official Go Pink Day.
The Go Pink breakfast, held by Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF) in partnership with Brothers Leagues Club, was an opportunity for the community to come together and Go Pink!
Guests enjoyed a plated breakfast, guest speeches, multi-draw raffles, and a prize for being best dressed.
Monica Vella, a formal breast cancer patient and West Moreton Health employee shared why every woman should not play down the importance of a routine breast screen.
“I was feeling well and experienced no symptoms whatsoever, so I can honestly say that having the routine breast screen saved my life.
“My cancer was detected early, which gave me more treatment options and better outcomes.
“Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women. Don’t think that it can’t happen to you, as it can happen to anyone,” Ms Vella said.
Vanessa Brown, one of the guests said, “I enjoyed today’s event. It made me think about breast cancer. It can happen to people randomly. It’s important to support people and their families suffering from breast cancer in our community.”
Julie Draper, another guest said, “Some people don’t want to know about breast cancer, but this event makes us sit down and consider the importance of breast cancer prevention.”
Scott Young, CEO of IHF said, “The IHF Go Pink campaign is all about raising money and awareness for breast cancer care in the West Moreton region. It’s great to see the West Moreton community get behind the IHF Go Pink campaign because everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer.
“On behalf of the foundation, thank you to everyone who helped raise funds for breast cancer care in the West Moreton region,” said Mr. Young.
IHF is a trusted community partner supporting West Moreton Health to deliver safe, quality healthcare promoting community health and wellbeing. To learn more about IHF Go Pink, please visit: https://go-pink.ihfoundation.org.au/events .