The Aveo Riverview retirement village in Elizabeth Vale recently held its first ever Pink Ribbon breakfast in support of breast cancer research.
Village Manager, Keith Rollins said the event turned out to be much bigger than first expected.
“When we decided to host the breakfast three months ago, it was from my part to honor my wife who was diagnosed with breast cancer herself. After being diagnosed, we asked a good friend of ours, Melissa Gilchrist to co-host with us so that we could make it even bigger for all our friends,” Keith said.
“Before long we had outgrown the original plan of having a few people over to one of our homes for a small breakfast so we went in search of a venue. I put it to the residents at Aveo Riverview and they really got behind us and donated the use of the Village Community Hall.”
“We would like to say a huge thank you to the residents of Aveo Riverview for getting behind us and supporting such a wonderful cause. Also to ‘MARVO’ our resident magician for keeping the 20 or so children entertained on the day,” Keith said.
“The Aveo Marketing Team added another $300 donation towards catering. Primo Smallgoods donated 10 kilos of bacon, Rohde’s Free Range Eggs donated 15 dozen eggs and other donations of food and drinks came from many friends, family and businesses.”
There were 26 prizes as part of the mega raffle ranging in value up to $100, all of which were donated by local businesses. The raffled raised $550 on the day. There was also a silent auction with eight items with the winning bids raising nearly $1,200. Every person who came along paid a $5 entry fee and there were 120 attendees raising $660 (some people must have paid extra!). There were lots of other donations as well as lucky squares, guess the lolly jars and pink merchandise for sale.
“For us, the most special part was the $40 raised by our daughter who took it upon herself to make pink ribbon loom bands and sell them at her stall,” Keith said.
“We couldn’t have done everything without the help of friends and family, for helping out on the day cooking the BBQ’s, in the kitchen and tidying up. A special thank you goes to Sarah Nelson who sold over 90 pink necklaces and donated $2,040 towards our fundraiser.”
A range of pink merchandise is still for sale at the village and donations continue to trickle in but the event has already raised well over $5,000; over five times more than the original goal of raising $1,000.
“If the money we have raised over the last month helps to stop the next generation of women from fearing this disease, then we have done our job,” Keith said.
“I sincerely thank each and every one of the people and businesses who have supported our efforts by donating, assisting or attending, and I know that the money raised will go a long way in breast cancer research.”