Geraldton’s Women Inspiring Better Business staging first fundraiser for breast cancer awareness

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WIBB committee member Tara Luff, Viki Fennell from Nexus Risk Insurance, Haley Morris from Skeetas Restaurant, WIBB chair Barbara Thompson and Breast Cancer Care WA founder Dr Ros Worthington.
Camera IconWIBB committee member Tara Luff, Viki Fennell from Nexus Risk Insurance, Haley Morris from Skeetas Restaurant, WIBB chair Barbara Thompson and Breast Cancer Care WA founder Dr Ros Worthington. Credit: Gina Jenkin/ZEN Events & Photography Services

Mid West women used to inspiring others in the business world are harnessing their charitable spirit to stage a new fundraising event next month to help those battling breast cancer.

Geraldton not-for-profit Women Inspiring Better Business is holding its first fundraising event on September 18 to support Breast Cancer Care WA, a charity supporting WA women and their families who have been affected by the disease.

Baston Grove Olive Processors in Chapman Valley will host the long-table lunch, featuring Leeuwin Estate wines, Mid West produce prepared by local chefs, and live entertainment.

Haley Morris, Tara Luff, Viki Fennell and Barbara Thompson.
Camera IconHaley Morris, Tara Luff, Viki Fennell and Barbara Thompson. Credit: Gina Jenkin/ZEN Events & Photography Services

Bus transport to the event from select Geraldton pick-up locations is also included in the $170 ticket, with door prizes, silent auctions and raffles on offer.

WIBB committee leader Barbara Thompson said the group wanted to support and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Care WA, which was proudly founded by a “local girl”.

“This cause is important to us as an organisation because it helps women and was founded by Chapman Valley local Ros Worthington,” she said. “This wonderful woman has come back to live in the region and we want to support her back where she started from.

“We’re very passionate about this and have been blown away by the support of local businesses and the community for this wonderful event.”

Charity stalwart Dr Worthington, who returned home to Geraldton last year, founded Breast Cancer Care WA 21 years ago and will speak at the long-table lunch, driving home the message about how essential education and awareness are in the battle against breast cancer.

The “purple bra” charity provides specialist nursing, counselling and financial and practical support to more than 1000 families each year in WA.

“I want to bring awareness back home to the Mid West,” she said.

“I’m even more driven to achieve that after speaking to some people who didn’t even know Breast Cancer Care existed or what they did.

“It’s so important to remember that all of what they do are free services for the women of WA, from counselling to getting them to and from appointments, to financial help to pay for fuel and food or doing cleaning and gardening around the home.”

Event tickets can be bought via the booking link on the Women Inspiring Better Business Facebook page.

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