High Tea kicks off month of breast-care promotion in Pirie

EVENT: Author Tricia Stringer, third from left, with Pink Up Port Pirie's Trish Rollins, left, Kate Taylor, Ros Mayfield, Helen Size, Judy Baldwin.
EVENT: Author Tricia Stringer, third from left, with Pink Up Port Pirie's Trish Rollins, left, Kate Taylor, Ros Mayfield, Helen Size, Judy Baldwin.

Breasts were at the forefront of the Pink Up Port Pirie fundraising event which started on Saturday with a High Tea for 90 women.

SPIRIT: Jeneane Harbie, left, Maree Schuettenberg, Reena Smith and Christine McMahon got into the spirit of Pink Up Port Pirie with colourful headwear at the High Tea on Saturday.

SPIRIT: Jeneane Harbie, left, Maree Schuettenberg, Reena Smith and Christine McMahon got into the spirit of Pink Up Port Pirie with colourful headwear at the High Tea on Saturday.

A cake in the shape of a bodice was raffled at the tea and organising committee members encouraged women to consider breast-care screening.

The month-long program of events is aimed at promoting the McGrath Foundation’s work in providing breast-care nurses around the country.

Local McGrath breast-care nurse Ros Mayfield said more than $2500 had been raised at the tea to help bring more breast-care nurses to towns.

She said Wallaroo author Tricia Stringer had launched her new book, Table for Eight, at the event at GP Plus, in Gertrude Street.

“We put pink bows on the trees in the Ellen Street median strip and some shops have decorated their windows,” Mrs Mayfield said. 

“We had pink bunting at the HIgh Tea and the tables were decorated with coloured tablecloths, roses and cake-stands.

“The traditional High Tea of delicate cakes and morsels was served and enjoyed by everyone.

“A terrific queen-sized patchwork quilt was raffled and there was a lucky chair prize.We are happy with the event, thanks to the hard work of the Pink Up Port Pirie committee.”

A Pink Cocktail Night will be at the Portside Tavern on Friday when a McGrath Foundation cap signed by cricket legend Glenn McGrath will be raffled. There will be live music.

On Sunday, the market will “turn pink” with people invited to take part in forming a human McGrath “life force” symbol on the lawn of Flinders View Park.

Marchers will then parade around Ellen Street, Alexander Street, Florence Street and Norman Street in pink ponchos.

The march will be feature classic and vintage cars from Pirie and Districts Automotive Restorers Club.

“We are staging the march to raise awareness of breast health and show solidarity with those who have suffered breast cancer and honour the lives lost to the disease,” Mrs Mayfield said.

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