A virtual Pink Ribbon Breakfast was organised in Sydney on October 10th to raise donations for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This event has been organised for many years by breast cancer survivors Rekha Rajvanshi and Sue Advani.
Each year, the breakfast grows in size and importance, with many dignitaries, breast cancer survivors, and community people in attendance.
Two courageous women who are now undergoing therapy shared their experiences. SBS Hindi Radio Producer Anita Barar was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer earlier this year and is currently undergoing treatment. She claims that keeping positive and active has aided her recovery.
Dr. Palu Malaowalla, a general practitioner, gave some health advice before speaking with Jyoti Jadeja, 32, one of her patients. Jyoti revealed that she was pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had to choose between the unborn child in her womb or terminating the pregnancy for the other baby.
Saroni Roy, a model and actor, also discussed her battle with cancer and how she overcame it. Everyone’s eyes welled up with tears as they told their heartbreaking stories.
The Pink Ribbon Breakfast was attended by Dr Geoff Lee- MP Parramatta, Jodi McKay – MP Strathfield, Julia Finn – MP Granville, Clrs Reena Jethi, Sameer Pandey, and Charishma Kaliyanda. They all insisted on annual breast screening and check-ups. Nimeesha Gupta discussed the rise in breast cancer cases in India and better treatment options. Usha Salagame, a NSW Health programme manager, led an educational quiz about breast cancer.
Glimpses of last year’s fashion show, choreographed by Shikha Kaushik, were also shown. At the end, Meena Mohanty, another team member and breast cancer survivor, thanked everyone.
Through this event, $4300.00 was donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
‘This event is about raising breast cancer awareness as well as supporting research work done by NBCF to prevent breast cancer. Next year will be our 10th anniversary, and we will be planning it in a big way.’ Rekha said.
The Pink Ribbon Breakfast also supports women who have gone through it or are currently receiving treatment. It creates a feeling of sisterhood.’ Sue Advani added.
This breakfast truly represented breast cancer survivors as it was organised by the BC Survivors for the women going through breast cancer.