Collectors ready to fly the pink flag

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Dozens of collectors will be on the streets of Oamaru as part of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Street Appeal next Friday.
About 80 collectors will be stationed at various sites around Oamaru, and will be easily identified thanks to their pink sashes, balloons, buckets and posters.
Pink Ribbon area co-ordinator Julie Sandri said the appeal was generally well supported locally.
“It is well supported, because there’s so many families with people that know someone who has been affected or touched by cancer. A lot of volunteers have had it themselves.
“I’m one of those people too … I was a volunteer from the start. You just do it to help out, I guess.”
Funds raised locally go towards the foundation’s education, research and treatment programmes, and to support the 3000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
That support includes free counselling, rehabilitation services, a free advice line and access to a clinical trials database with information on treatments.
This year’s appeal is focused on raising money to invest in New Zealand-based studies to develop more effective drugs for women with advanced breast cancer, so that it can be managed more effectively in the future.
Over the past two years, the foundation has made $2.5 million available for medical research.