Article Contributed By: Mr Bachan Sharma
The colour pink symbolizes health, vitality, compassion & the power of femininity. It is the color of universal love of oneself and of others. It represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability. Pink is the official color for girls & women.
Breast Cancer, on the other hand, is a monster threatening feminism. It needs to be stopped causing deaths through timely diagnosis, treatment, education, and research.
Pink Ribbon Breakfast are events that are organized by community members to achieve these laudable objectives and raise funds for research. Good Samaritans from the community are encouraged to organize such events with friends, family, and workmates getting together, enjoying themselves, and help towards a vision of zero deaths from breast cancer. In 2020, Pink Ribbon Breakfast events aim to raise $1.5 million to fund research into the effective prevention, detection, and treatment of breast cancer.
Pink Ribbon was started by Rekha Rajvanshi, a breast cancer Survivor, 9 years ago. Rekha then asked Sue Advani, who also survived breast cancer, to join the team and they do it together every year with other organising committee members – Meena Mohanty and Bharti Gidwani. The goal of Pink Ribbon Breakfast is to raise funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation and to raise awareness about the importance of going for the mammogram as early detection can save women’s lives.
About 130 women dressed in pink attire and about 20 men with a touch of pink joined the breakfast. Amongst dignitaries were Mrs Nimeesha Gupta (our Consul General’s wife), Hon Dr Geoff Lee, Hon Jodi Mackay, MP Julia Finn, Clr Sameer Pandey, Clr Lisa Kate.
Sue and Rekha welcomed everyone and the program started with a prayer song by Richa Srivastava following Indian traditions. Vrushali Desai, a young Breast Cancer Survivor shared her story of how she thought she’s fit until her lump was detected. The message of regular check-ups was loud and clear to everyone. Sri Hindi Choir group sang beautiful inspiring songs. Program’s highlight was the fashion show choreographed by Shikha Kaushik. Models dressed in black & white, representing old era of Bollywood songs entered on the tune of an old song ‘Mud Mud ke Na Dekhh.’ The song was chosen carefully for the occasion saying we don’t need to look at our past worries. We need to stay strong, face challenges bravely and move on in life.
Breast cancer is the most common life-threatening cancer facing Australian women, with approximately eight women dying from the disease each day — mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and friends. No doubt that such social events play an important role in conveying the message across in wider diaspora.