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Gawler Community Unites To Fight Breast Cancer

The Gawler community united together once again this year and raised an incredible $7,500 for Australian Breast Cancer Research (ABCR)!

Maria, Sheena, Annette

In 2017, the Gawler Central Sporting Club, with the support of South Gawler, hosted its inaugural Ladies Day and raised $5,100 for ABCR Two years later, their fundraising efforts continue as the community unites to fight breast cancer.

Local resident Tom Lane initiated the fundraiser back in 2017, after losing his beloved wife Dianne to breast cancer at just 46 years old in 2016.

“It began as a day to highlight women in sport and women in our community. There are many other people in our community who have gone through cancer and this is our way of showing our support and also honouring those who have lost their lives, including Dianne,” Tom said.

This year, committee members Annette Penna, Maria Kemp, Sheena Wurst, Marie Davis and Kiara Lane, in conjunction with Gawler Central Sporting Club, held a Ladies Morning High Tea in July.

“The Morning Tea was a huge success; we incorporated a fashion show through a local Gawler boutique, a burlesque ‘flash mob’ and we also had both female and male guest speakers who shared their journeys and survival of their own breast cancer stories,” Annette said.

“There was an abundance of raffles and a silent auction with items donated by local businesses.”

The event was held in memory of Dianne, but also for other local ladies, men and their families who have been or are fighting cancer.

Committee member Maria shared her personal motivation to raise funds to end this heartbreaking disease.

“Not only did I lose Dianne who was one of my close friends, but I also lost my mother who also passed away from breast cancer,” Maria said.

“Seeing and experiencing firsthand the devastation and grief of families is one of the hardest things to go through and watch. Our goal is to help more women and men survive breast cancer and for this to be possible, research needs to continue.

“Understanding what causes cancer, who gets it and why, is an important area of research that needs to continue.”

Sheena agreed: “The statistics speak for themselves. Unfortunately, cancer in general has or will affect most of us in some way. This takes time, money and expertise. It is vital that medical researchers are supported with continued funding.”

From everyone at ABCR, we sincerely thank the Gawler community for raising money so we can support our researchers to stop this heartbreaking disease.

You can host your own fundraiser! To find out more, contact us on (08) 8445 2453 or email [email protected].

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