Kununurra black tie fundraiser for lung and breast cancer raises more than $60,000

Cain AndrewsThe Kimberley Echo
Denise Lindsell and Brooke Smeekens Coleman.
Camera IconDenise Lindsell and Brooke Smeekens Coleman. Credit: Emma Moss Photography

Kununurra locals donned their best frocks and headed to the black tie fundraiser on Saturday, June 18, to show their generosity, raising more than $60,000 for cancer foundations.

Denise Lindsell and Brooke Smeekens Coleman organised the event to raise money for the Lung Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, with the money being split equally between the two foundations.

Ms Lindsell said she started to fundraise for lung cancer after her father passed away from the disease in 2018.

“I lost my father in 2018 to lung cancer so that was the reason why I wanted to do something,” Ms Lindsell said, “and Brooke’s mum is currently battling breast cancer and so she jumped on board as well.

“I’m quite passionate about trying to get the word out there for lung cancer.”

Ms Lindsell thanked the Kununurra community and the donors for making the fundraiser a success.

“We just did the final figures and we raised over $60,000, so just under $61,000 which is pretty amazing,” she said.

“Kununurra, thank you again for your amazing support in making the Black Tie Fundraiser 2022 a success.

“We’ve got an amazing community — everyone jumped behind us.”

Lung cancer kills 25 Australians every day, making it the number one cancer killer in Australia.

Nine Australians die every day from breast cancer and it is the most diagnosed form of cancer in the country.

To support breast and lung cancer research you can donate to the Lung Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation at their websites.

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