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BREAST CANCER SUPPORT ON DISPLAY AT WILLOWBANK RACEWAY THIS WEEKEND

Article Date: 10 October 2013

More than a hundred Pink Lady silhouettes will create a ‘Mini-Field of Women’ display at Willowbank Raceway this Saturday 12 October 2013 in a meaningful show of support for women and families affected by breast cancer.

Every day 38 Australian women will learn they have breast cancer and seven will lose their lives to the disease. 

"‘Mini Field of Women’ events are designed to pay tribute to the women who have or have had breast cancer, with the silhouettes serving as a powerful reminder of the human reality behind the 38 women diagnosed with breast cancer every day in Australia, while spreading awareness of the projects the Breast Cancer Network of Australia undertake to assist those dealing with the illness,” said Saturday’s event organiser and Willowbank Raceway regular Terri Sander.

“Each time a woman hears she has breast cancer; those around her in the community are also affected. Support for women and families affected by breast cancer is an important issue in our local community.

“Although breast cancer care and knowledge has come a long way, women are still being diagnosed every single day who need our help and support.  Breast cancer is an issue close to many women and affects our community.

“That is why I am so pleased to be able to play a small part in raising awareness, but I wouldn’t be able to do it without some great support partners, so I have to say a special thanks to The Classic and Muscle Car Club of Ipswich, The Gall Boys Adventures (Kedron Caravans), Girls Torque and the Australian Women’s Motorsport Network, and PoisonKandy Klothing of Palmview.”

The event will be held in conjunction with the facilities regularly scheduled Test N Tune event for the day.

Breast Cancer Network Australia’s (BCNA) Mini-Field of Women events provide an opportunity for the public to pay tribute to all those affected by breast cancer. 

CEO of BCNA, Maxine Morand, herself a breast cancer survivor, said the event is a powerful reminder that you are not alone on your breast cancer journey.
 
“This October, around 300 Mini-Field of Women events are being held in local communities right across Australia.  These events are a great way to link those people affected by breast cancer with their local community.  We hope people participating will find the event moving and enjoy it as a celebration of life,” said Maxine Morand.

The Ipswich community is invited to participate in this local event and to take the opportunity to leave a personal message of support.

Background
BCNA’s Mini-Field of Women events in local communities follow on from the highly successful Field of Women LIVE events held in 2005 (MCG), 2007 (Telstra Stadium, Sydney), and 2010 (MCG).  At the 2010 event, 14,000 people formed the Pink Lady silhouette, bringing the national breast cancer statistics to life in a sparkling display of strength, support and camaraderie. They are also a way to let people know about support resources such as BCNA’s My Journey Kit, a free resource for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

About Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is the peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by breast cancer, and consists of a network of more than 70,000 individual members and 300 Member Groups.  BCNA informs, empowers, represents and links together women and families affected by breast cancer.  BCNA works to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, receive the very best information, treatment, care and support possible.  Visit us at www.bcna.org.au to find out more about our programs and services, including the free My Journey Kit for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

About Willowbank Raceway
Willowbank Raceway is Queensland’s premier drag racing facility, located 45 minutes from Brisbane or just a short drive from Ipswich, offering a year-round program of events for the entire family. For more information including a full event calendar, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au

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