TE ANAU’S inaugural “Turning Pink Campaign” weekend was a highlight, with the town’s residents proving solidarity is the key to a successful fundraiser.
Businesses jumped on board with staff and tour operators decorating and dressing in the hue, as well as restaurants adding special Pink Ribbon dishes on their menus.
A sold-out Pink Ribbon Breakfast saw 152 people attend the event at the Te Anau Club, raising $7200 towards the cause.
Breakfast organiser Leona McCracken was assisted by Jackie Knowles and Cheryl Flynn this year with emcee duties taken on by Dave Bernon.
Several businesses donated raffle prizes with Olive Tree cafe owner Brent Price donating 200 cupcakes and cake decorator Karen Priestly supplying a boobie cake for the auction.
Te Anau’s Southland District councillor/Deputy Mayor Ebel Kremer donated six hours of labour through his business, Mr Green, which raised $406 with the help of local identity Ray Willett as auctioneer.
Guest speaker was Michelle Munro, of Te Anau, who shared her personal journey, with the help of her support person, Anna Beyers.
Ms McCracken said she was “blown away by how Te Anau got in behind the campaign and would like to thank our generous community for their donations”.