AROUND THE NETWORK

Carman’s Fun Run 2022

Melbourne’s picturesque Elsternwick Park will turn pink Sunday 20 February 2022 when we host the Carman’s Fun Run and see thousands of participants walk, run and raise funds to support BCNA.

It’ll be a day of good vibes, smashing personal goals and making an impact for thousands of Australians affected by breast cancer. BCNA is the exclusive charity partner for this event being hosted by Sole Motive. We are proud to join with our amazing sponsor, Carman’s, who have supported BCNA for many years and BCNA Ambassador Raelene Boyle AM, MBE.

If you can’t get to Melbourne, there is a virtual event option, allowing you to participate from anywhere. Join our inclusive and supportive community who will help inspire you and your friends along your journey to a half-marathon, 10K or 5K. We can’t wait!

To register or find out more information about the Carman’s Fun Run 2022 visit the Sole Motive website.

For those ready to start training, you can purchase your BCNA pink sports socks and other merchandise at the BCNA store, and for those ready to kick start their fundraising, our generous supporters at the Gaudry Foundation are matching the first $10,000 raised, dollar for dollar.

 

 BCNA Trek for Support: South Australia 2021

In September, seven amazing BCNA supporters trekked through South Australia’s beautiful Flinders Ranges to raise funds to support Australians affected by breast cancer.

The group, all of whom have been affected by breast cancer themselves, had a wonderful time, shared many laughs and made new friends while raising over $35,000 to support BCNA.

Thank you trekkers, for your incredible generosity and energy. To find out more about upcoming BCNA adventures and fundraising opportunities please contact us at fundraising@nullbcna.org.au.

Pink Tradie

For the months of August and September, BCNA put a call out to tradies across Australia, asking them to pull on a Pink Tradie beanie and a pair of BCNA pink socks to support the 20,030 Australians expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

Pink Tradies were encouraged to pink up at work, host a fundraising event and start a conversation with their workmates about breast cancer, all while helping BCNA provide essential information and support services for those affected. The campaign has raised over $20,000 to date with organisations and individuals from all over Australia getting involved.

This year, apprentice boilermaker, Matt Cutuli from Mourilyan in Queensland was our Pink Tradie Ambassador. Matt was excited to be involved in the campaign in honour of his Nanna, Lorraine, who was a BCNA member and passionate advocate for people with breast cancer. Matt and the local community in Far North Queensland managed to raise over $12,000 to support BCNA.

Middy’s Electrical were proud partners of the Pink Tradie campaign and gifted hundreds of Pink Tradie beanies to their customers, along with information about BCNA. Pink Tradies were encouraged to pink up in BCNA merchandise, post photos to social media, and use the hashtag #BCNApinktradie, to go into the draw to win a $500 gift card from Middy’s Electrical.

BCNA thanks Matt Cutuli, Middy’s Electrical and all the individuals and organisations that have supported the 2021 Pink Tradie campaign!

 

 Lawn bowls to lead the way for BCNA 

Summer season is a great time to get involved and host a PLAY4BCNA Pink Sports Day.

Despite some interruptions to community sport due to COVID-19, BCNA is thrilled to announce that 2021 summer registrations to host a Pink Sports Day are now open.

Traditionally the spring and summer seasons of lawn bowls, softball, baseball, netball and basketball see the greens, pitches, diamonds and courts graced with a touch of pink as players and supporters show support for Australians affected by breast cancer by hosting a PLAY4BCNA Pink Sports Day.

All it takes is one community champion at a club or association to get the ball rolling, register the event and invite others to be a part of a wonderful community sporting event. BCNA provides free support materials to our Pink Sports Day hosts, to help make the event a big ‘pink success’. The support kit includes decorations and donation tins along with downloadable digital support materials and a dedicated event fundraising page to share.

The funds raised help BCNA to continue to provide access to the very best support, treatment and care to those affected by breast cancer. The visible support, community spirit and awareness raised plays an equally important role in the day.

The City of Frankston Bowling Club held its inaugural ‘Pink Pennant Day’ earlier this year. Craig Williams, CEO of City of Frankston Bowling Club inc. shared that, ‘The sea of colour across our greens, with lots of pink, club decorations, raffles, marquees and balloons made for not only wonderful memories, but also some wonderful photos! Everyone that contributed to the day felt the warmth and joy of both giving and/or volunteering. It was good for the soul, something very important in these uncertain times.’

No matter where you live or the sporting pursuit of choice – you can get involved and be a part of the pink sea of support this summer. To find out more or register to host a Pink Sports Day visit the BCNA Pink Sports Day website.

 

Mini Field Of Women

Great news for those thinking of hosting a Mini Field of Women (MFOW) in October. BCNA has partnered with Opal, an innovative renewable packaging company, to give our Mini Field of Women kits a well-deserved makeover.

Mini Field of Women events have long been an important way to pay tribute to those in our local communities impacted by breast cancer. Traditionally they are held outside with pink, blue and white silhouettes planted to represent the over 20,000 women and men diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Participants pay tribute to all those affected by writing messages of love and support on our special tribute tags. Joy Ryan, who has been hosting MFOW for over 10 years, says she continues to do so, ‘as it is a way to spread awareness about breast cancer and the importance of getting tested. It also provides an opportunity for people to reflect and heal together as a community’.

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month it is the perfect time to host your own Mini Field of Women event. We now also have an indoor MFOW kit available with freestanding silhouettes that are ideal for events hosted inside. You might like to host a lunch or afternoon tea alongside your MFOW, and BCNA can also supply a party pack to get started.

BCNA’s new Mini Field of Women kits are literally an event in a box and contain everything you need to make your Mini Field of Women a success.

Also new to our Mini Field of Women kits is a special ‘Tribute box’ produced by Opal. This is a keepsake box for you to keep the tribute messages in after your event. This is BCNA and Opal’s gift to you and does not need to be returned with the kit at the end of your event. It is yours to keep.

Thank you to Opal for its ongoing support of Breast Cancer Network Australia and our Mini Fields of Women.

Register your Mini Field of Women event here.

Melbourne Football Club

Congratulations to the Dees on winning the 2021 AFL Premiership and Christian Petracca on winning the Norm Smith medal.
The power of the Pink Lady was definitely with you all, and we join in with the thousands of proud members, partners and supporters in sending our congratulations.

Coming soon to Sussan  

Our beautiful major partners at Sussan have again teamed up with author, artist and illustrator Meredith Gaston to release four new products that will be available both online and in store. The range includes Three Heavenly Bath Melts, Women’s Wellbeing Tea, Glow Mist and a Daily Mindfulness Journal, with $5 from every product sold donated to BCNA.

Issue 89
Spring 2021