Gunnedah woman Michelle King and Belinda and Molly Dawson have teamed up to raise funds for Breast Cancer Trials research.
Mrs King was diagnosed with Grade 3 breast cancer in late 2006 and within two months, had a mastectomy to stop the spread of the aggressive cancer. A year later, she received an implant to replace the breast that was removed.
The life-changing diagnosis prompted Mrs King to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia, now known as Breast Cancer Trials.
From 2011 to 2015, she held annual fundraising afternoon teas, and in 2016, ten years after her diagnosis, she hosted a cocktail party, A Night Against Breast Cancer. It was to be her swansong, with $20,000 raised over the six years, but two years later, she’s at it again.
October’s Support Your Boobs – Breast Cancer Ball came about when Breast Cancer Trials asked Mrs King if she would think about fundraising again, following her appearance in the organisation’s television campaign last year.
Mrs King discussed the idea with longtime friends Belinda and Molly Dawson and they decided to organise a ball for the cause.
“It’s still my passion to raise money for the research that goes into treatment,” Mrs King said.
“I think we need to not just treat [breast cancer] – we need to cure it.”
Support Your Boobs – Breast Cancer Ball will be held from 6.30pm on Saturday, October 20 2018 at the Gunnedah Town Hall.
Breast Cancer Trials manager Anna Fitzgerald will attend and share information on the organisation’s research and an auction will be held with items including four nights accommodation at a luxury Broadbeach unit and two nights accommodation in Sydney to go under the hammer.
Locals can party on to the music of Steve Wilson from Barraba aka Busta, with many favourites from the 1960, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. A full bar will be operating on the night.
Emcee Geoff Dawson said the most important thing was that everyone had a fun night.
“We are expecting everyone will be up and dancing until the ball closes at midnight,” he said.
The event is for 18 years and over, with formal dress and a BYO basket supper.
Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased at Browns Tyre Service or Gordon Barry & Co. Tables of 10 will be available, with mixed tables for smaller groups.