Red hat association raising funds with food

PINK RIBBON: Five retired locals help raise funds and awareness through lunch.
PINK RIBBON: Five retired locals help raise funds and awareness through lunch. Contributed

FIVE retired Bribie Island women are coming together to beat cancer.

Marivi Alvarez from the Red Hat's Association is hosting the Pink Ribbon event alongside four other ladies.

The fundraiser two-course lunch aims to be both fun and helpful towards cancer research.

Ms Alvarez said she had been involved with different charities for years before receiving the news on her sister.

"My younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said.

"Seeing her going through her agonising treatment, radical mastectomy and then some hope as she was told she was in remission.

"She had breast re-construction and was living life to the fullest.

"Then out of the blue at one of her medical checks she was told the cancer had come back only this time it was everywhere and she was given little chance to live through it.

"Her deterioration was palpable.

"She died within a matter of months.

"This sickness we call cancer, not only affects a person as I've described, it affects the whole family and friends not only with an enormous overwhelming sense of incapacity to offer help and in the end (in my case), the tremendous feeling of loss that doesn't go away.”

Ms Alvarez said her goal of the day is to ensure all guests go home with a sense of pride knowing that they have helped cancer research.

"I hope they will want to came back for more next year,” she said.

The annual pink ribbon fundraiser lunch will be held at the Bribie Island RSL Memorial Club (99 Toorbul St, Bribie Island).

Entertainment is provided and hamper and raffle tickets are on offer.

Tickets for lunch cost $29.50 per person and booking is essential.

For bookings or more information, phone 54975214.

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