“I want to contribute to my community and this is a way I can do it,” says Alana Baker from
her office at Bayleys Real Estate in Whitianga.
Alana is the organiser of a ladies-only Pink Ribbon Champagne Breakfast to be held on 11
June at Salt Restaurant and Bar in Whitianga. Held all around New Zealand, the breakfast
events are fundraisers held in support of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.
Alana has organised a great programme and a delicious menu with the intent of raising
funds, enabling stories to be shared and friendships to be formed. Local sponsors have rallied
behind her, donating goods to fill goodie bags for the guests and providing prizes for the five
raffles to be held. Local entertainer, Toya Fleetwood will be performing.
Almost all available tickets to the event have already been snapped up, but those who still
would like to support the cause can make a donation at pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz/page/
Breast cancer awareness is more important than ever. Thanks mainly to the Covid-19
pandemic, there are currently more than 50,000 women who should have had checkups, but
have yet to do so. This year, more than 3,500 women will most likely be diagnosed with breast
cancer. The overall goal of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s Pink Ribbon fundraising initiative
is to raise the $2 million needed to support breast cancer sufferers every year.
Alana has also been working with Whitianga Social Services, organising donations of rain coasts and gumboots for local children. Last year, she arranged a pyjama appeal that saw 130 pairs of brand new pyjamas go to needy families in Mercury Bay. So far this year, Alana has received several crates of new raincoats and gumboots at Bayleys. There’s still time to donate to this year’s appeal, which closes on Tuesday, 31 May.
Pictured is Alana is with some of the gumboots she has received so far.