In pink to beatcancer

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Fun in the photo booth at the Well Women's Breakfast live stream at the Esplande Hotel.
Camera IconFun in the photo booth at the Well Women's Breakfast live stream at the Esplande Hotel. Credit: Danielle Raffaele/Northwest Telegraph

Annual Pink Pilbara Breakfast celebrations were back bigger and brighter than ever last week with organisations doing their part across town to raise money for local people living with cancer.

This year saw changes to regular programming with local businesses and groups invited to host individual celebrations to be live-streamed across town.

The Esplanade Hotel was a hive of activity, with live music, food and heartfelt speeches from people with lived experiences of cancer.

Michelle Scott, Claire Boyce, Mayor Peter Carter, Tina Scott and Jenny Michon at the Web Hub's celebrations.
Camera IconMichelle Scott, Claire Boyce, Mayor Peter Carter, Tina Scott and Jenny Michon at the Web Hub's celebrations. Credit: Danielle Raffaele/Northwest Telegraph

The venue acted as the main hub for the Hedland-wide event with talks streamed to other venues.

Port Hedland International Airport, the local Police Social Club, The Web Business Hub and the local “mums and bubs” club also celebrated at separate locations, but the message of love and support were the same.

Local organisations woke bright and early for a morning of food, fun and lots of pink colour at the Esplanade Hotel.
Camera IconLocal organisations woke bright and early for a morning of food, fun and lots of pink colour at the Esplanade Hotel. Credit: Danielle Raffaele/Northwest Telegraph

The event, hosted and facilitated by Well Women’s Centre, has run for more than a decade and has raised more than $300,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation since its inception.

In 2018 the women’s wellbeing centre officially launched the Pink Pilbara Breakfast, a twist on Pink Ribbon Day, to raise funds specifically for people experiencing all forms of cancer across the community.

Brenda Richards and Sarah Ziegelaar at the Port Hedland International Airport
Camera IconBrenda Richards and Sarah Ziegelaar at the Port Hedland International Airport Credit: Picture: Victoria Shorter

The change saw 100 per cent of profits go towards creating vital lifelines for those with cancer throughout Hedland, with over $84,000 raised in just two years.

This year’s celebrations follow the launch of the Solaris Cancer Support Program, delivered at Well Women’s centre, to help people from all walks of life living with cancer.

Fun in the photo booth at the Port Hedland Yacht Club
Camera IconFun in the photo booth at the Port Hedland Yacht Club Credit: Pictures: Danielle Raffaele

Chief executive of Well Women’s Centre Rebekah Worthington said the new twist on the annual event would provide everyone in town with an opportunity to get involved in the important cause.

“We believe this new direction will provide Hedland and the broader Pilbara community an opportunity to be more involved and once again shine a light on our amazing community spirit,” she said. “The ongoing success of the Pink Pilbara Breakfast is only made possible through the generosity and support of our amazing community.”

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