Breast Cancer Awareness Month
NBCF morning tea raises over $5,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a reminder for all women that early detection of breast cancer is the best chance of survival. To mark this important month of awareness, we hosted a morning tea at our Sydney office to raise much needed funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation is Australia’s leading national body, funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public.
The event was hosted by our amazing Managing Director, Mei-ling Billing who is also a breast cancer survivor. Together with her close friend and colleague, Group M Chief Investment Officer, Nicola Lewis also a breast cancer survivor, the two women addressed the assembled group of 40 plus women and men. United in their journey of survival Mei-ling and Nicola answered questions from the women and gave them an insight into just how vitally important it is to be aware and to be checked.
Breast cancer is currently the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia with 1 in 7 women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime – that’s 53 Australians diagnosed every day.
Mei-ling said: “Because of research, breast cancer survival rates are the highest they’ve ever been, thanks in part to the hard work of the NBCF. Since its inception in 1994 the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer has improved from 76% to 91%. A woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer is now 1 in 43. And whilst 8 Australian’s die every day from breast cancer, many are surviving due to new treatment options and more personalised treatment plans. Including myself. I am so thrilled to be here today, alive and well to share my own story.”
The morning event raised $5,061.00 thanks to the support of our industry partners who donated gifts for the lucky door prize and sale of raffle tickets. These included Google, REA, Domain, JRM Hospitality, Val Morgan, Jets Swimwear, LoveShack and Zilzie Wines.
Below is a gallery of images from the event.