Alisha Harper

Alisha Harper

After Alisha Harper’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 18 months ago, she was inspired to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast for the first time last year. She got together with her friend Anna and they planned a “Mum’s day out” event with a variety of stalls and pamper sessions. This year they’re driven to make their Pink Ribbon Breakfast “bigger and better” with their family fun day out at Whangārei’s Barge Park Event Centre. The massages and manicures are back but there will also be bouncy castles, arts and crafts and much more!

After my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a year and a half ago, I was inspired to support Breast Cancer Foundation NZ and raise awareness by hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast event.

She was diagnosed via a mammogram, which came as a shock to us all, especially after no history of breast cancer in the family. My mother is a carer by nature and is always looking after everyone else. After the news of her diagnosis, her first major concerns were for her family. Throughout her breast cancer journey, she has been so amazing and so strong, but it has also been heartwarming to see the care and support she has been shown, and for her to be on the receiving end of that for once.

Our Pink Ribbon Breakfast event, the Think Pink Gala, hosted by my friend Anna and I, will be held at the Barge Park Event Centre in Whangārei on 28th May. Last year was our first time hosting, and we ran a “mum’s day out” with stalls including my business Flourish Maternity, pop-up photography run by Anna at Forever Memories Photography and lots of “pamper” stalls like massages, and manicures. In total we raised $2,800.

Mum was there on the day, helping out as always! My dad was there too, in a bright pink apron, cooking up a storm on the barbecue! They will both be back this year helping support Pink Ribbon, something very close to their hearts.

This year we have the drive to go bigger and better with our family fun day out at Barge Park. Along with the stalls, pampering, and photography, there will also be pony and tractor rides and bouncy castles. We are aiming to double our fundraising goal from last year!

The stalls will include all things mum and baby, clothing, toys, candles, soaps, macrame, plants , crafts and much more. We also have a cake stall contributed to by our family and friends.

A minimum of ten per cent of stall holders sales as well as 100% of door donations, cake sales, bouncy castle and raffle tickets will go to Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

It will be a great occasion for Whangārei, for the community to connect and engage with each other, as well as to promote local businesses, especially after the recent tough times brought about by Covid-19.

For others looking to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, we recommend you start planning early, so you don’t have to rush closer to the time, and also get the word out, because it is amazing what the community can do when it pulls together to support an important cause like this.

A special thank you to everyone who is helping make this event happen, your kindness and support is so appreciated.

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