Arishma Singh was motivated to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast because so many people in her life have been affected by breast cancer.
“We all know of someone who it affects and to me this is huge motivation to help where I can. Fundraising and simply raising awareness just seem like something small I can help with,” she says.
“The Breast Cancer Foundation is not a government funded charity so all the money they receive are from fundraising and events like these. It is with our help that they can continue researching into such a horrible illness and hopefully one day find a cure.
“In my first year of hosting a breakfast in 2016, I had over 50 guests attending at the Basalt Bar in Howick, Auckland. Last year, 2017, I had over 80 guests, with a waiting list of 20 people as we had reached venue capacity. The tickets were sold to personal contacts, family friends, work friends and the community of Howick.
I purchased goodie bags and prizes, and an ambassador gave a speech. Knowing that the community were behind it and supporting me has been such a good feeling. A lot of those who attended last year came back to me days afterwards to tell me they are now more aware of the illness and know what signs to look for and where to seek help. The breakfast achieved what it was meant to – raising awareness – while enjoying the company of others.”
Arishma’s Top Tip:
I got flyers designed by a graphic designer and had them posted at the location I was holding the event. Unbelievably – having a poster on the back of a door in the bathroom got me the most guests!