Sydney’s Indian community joins hands to raise awareness about breast cancer

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To increase the awareness in the community regarding breast cancer and to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer foundation of Australia, Pink Ribbon Breakfast was organized at Parravilla Function Centre on November 13, 2016.

Pink Ribbon Breakfast is an event organized nationally in October. The event was organized by two women leaders of Sydney’s Indian community Rekha Rajvanshi and Sue Advani. Women from 3 to 80, dressed up in beautiful pink attires joined hands to support this fundraiser, including handful of men, who wore pink shirts for the day.

Geoff Lee – Parramatta MP, Jodi McKay – Strathfield MP, Julia Finn – MP Granville and Gurdeep Singh – Hornsby Shire Councilor were present to support this fundraiser.

According to NBCF 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with this deadly disease breast cancer in their life time and eight women die every day from breast cancer in Australia.

Rekha Rajvanshi, Sydney based writer and poet is a breast cancer survivor took the initiative in 2010. The purpose was to raise breast cancer awareness amongst Sydney’s Indian community.

In 2012 Sue Advani (also a cancer survivor) joined the team and since then the funds are raised by organizing Pink Ribbon Breakfast in October-November. Kamal Athwal, owner of Parravilla Function Centre offers the venue and the team is getting bigger and stronger as more women are joining hands to support the cause.

During the event, Rekha Rajvanshi and Girija Subramaniam shared their experiences.

The statistics says that 150 men were also diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

Rekha while speaking on the occasion stressed on the need of more men to come forward and join hands to support this cause.

“We need more men to join us in such events so that they understand the sensitivity of this issue. Community should stand by each other and stay positive. Strong will power is the key to the success.”

Dr. Chandrika Deshpande talked about her breast cancer research project with NBCF and important findings. Meenakshi Chopra from Pink Saree Project spoke about the importance of mammogram and early detection, another Ph.D. scholar Dr Usha Salagame spoke about her research findings and said that healthy life style and exercise is very important.

Sue Advani while speaking on the occasion said, “Don’t neglect early symptoms as early detection is very important for swift recovery. If we are well, we are able to look after our family better. Cancer affects the whole family not just the individual.”

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