This May, we had the pleasure of hosting our first two Pink Ribbon Breakfasts, to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation. Lexus of Hamilton and Tauranga partnered with Nourish to provide their stunning dealerships as venues. Camielle Guzzwell from the Breeze Waikato and Jolene James from the Breeze Tauranga were our hosts for the events so a huge thank you to them too.

 

Thanks to our attendees and sponsors, we were able to raise $7500! This smashed our initial goal of $3000. The money raised will be used to fund research projects and medical grants to help improve survivorship, as well as support patients and their families during treatment and recovery. We were lucky enough to be joined by some incredible speakers across our events.

 

Julie Sach:

Julie Sach was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and ever since then has been dragon boating with the Boobops – a team of breast cancer survivors from the BOP.  Breast cancer dragon boating is now an international phenomenon and Julie’s team have competed all around the world.  Every team has a name that refers to the breast cancer link – Julie’s personal favourite is an Aussie team called Missin-a-bitta-titti. Julie’s speech has the crowd in fits of laughter, if you are a cancer survivor yourself make sure you check out the Boobops!

Janet Knighton:

Janet Knighton from Portfolio Art Hire talked about bringing joy to your spaces with beautiful art. She has a background in art education, training as a primary school teacher in the 70’s with a specialist study area in the Visual Arts. Currently owns Portfolio Art Hire, leasing artworks to clients locally. Janet’s personal visual arts practice saw her as a finalist in: The National Contemporary Award in 2013 The NZ Painting and Print Making Award in 2017 And the Molly Morpeth Canady Award in 2021 Janet also has work in the Collection of Waikato University.

Heidi Jennings:

Heidi and her husband Steve run Jennings Holistic Health Coaching together. Heidi’s personal health journey is reflected in her style of coaching.  She knows what it means to be sick, and how to recover.  With a background in life coaching and plant-based nutrition, she will guide you towards finding your sparkle and becoming the best version of you. Heidi shared her tips on preventative measures you can take when it comes to breast cancer.

Natalie Jacques:

Natalie Jacques from The Herbal Dispensary in Raglan talked about healthy hormones and their effect on cancer. The owner of The Herbal Dispensary since 2021, Natalie has spent almost 20 years in the field of Health & Natural Medicine. In her spare time, outside of work you will most often find her in the ocean, as she is an avid surfer! Natalie is a wealth of knowledge and well worth getting in touch with to get on top of your health needs.

 

 

Emma Twigg:

Emma Twigg is an Olympic Gold medalist, having won the women’s single scull event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She spoke about being a new mum, balancing her life as an athlete, perseverance and reaching her goals. Emma bought along her gold medal to pass along to our guests. It’s not very often you get an opportunity to see one in the flesh, let alone try it on!

 

Nicole Forrester:

Nicole from Blanc Flowers demonstrated how to put together the most incredible centerpiece for a dinner party. She had us all mesmerised, especially with those stunning pink roses. Nicole has been a florist for 25 years with a few different career paths sprinkled throughout. She’s Melbourne born and raised but her floristry career was established in Sydney where she has had the privilege of creating weekly flowers for some of the city’s top restaurants and celebrity’s homes. She has had her own wedding flower business for 6 years and in that time, did the florals for almost 200 weddings!

 

This event couldn’t have happened without our incredibly generous sponsors so a huge thank you to everyone who contributed.

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