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Margo’s incredible journey

August 18th, 2017

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at only 32 years old, Margo and her four sisters decided to host their first Pink Ribbon Breakfast in 2007. Together they organised a small fundraiser with friends and family in the backyard to help others, give back and raise  funds for breast cancer research.

Margo’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast committee enjoying their event.

The event quickly developed from a small backyard fundraiser to a large scale gala dinner. This year, Margo and her sisters are planning their 11th Pink Ribbon Breakfast.

Since Margo’s re-diagnosis with metastatic breast cancer in 2016, the family is even more committed to educating their guests about breast cancer and the impact of research.

“I never expected for my cancer to return after 7.5 years, but it did and I live with metastatic breast cancer. I will not let the re-diagnosis stop me. Live life, don’t let cancer beat you!” (Margo)

“Since Margo’s diagnosis, I see the world differently.” (Suzanne, Margo’s sister)

The five sisters are more committed than ever as they have witnessed breast cancer research developments first hand since they started fundraising. This year, Margo and her committee are aiming to raise $150,000 with their Pink Ribbon Breakfast!

 

TO HOST A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING EVENT, MARGO BELIEVES IN…

1 …forming a committee!

As their event grew over the years, Margo formed a dedicated committee and every member has a devoted job (sending out invitations, updating their social media channels, sourcing prizes, event logistics etc.). Many hands make light work and their job sharing maximises the potential of their fundraising event through more ideas, different perspectives, unique talents and personal connections.

“My committee is amazing at working together, they tackle every task given to them.”

(Margo)

2 …asking for support!

Utilising your network and connections is the key to a successful fundraising event and to getting great raffle prizes donated. Don’t be scared to ask once, (or twice), the worst they can do is say no!

“Don’t be embarrassed to ask for donations. There are many generous people who will be happy to help, as many have been touched by breast cancer.” (Suzanne)

“We keep our event costs down by spreading the word to suppliers and asking them to donate!” (Margo)

3 …having fun!

Yes, the reason behind their fundraising is serious, but Margo and her committee are dedicated to creating an uplifting, positive and fun experience for their guests, which makes them want to come back each year. With the one goal in mind, they spread hope and awareness and inspire others to get involved!

If you are interested in hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast too, visit www.pinkribbonbreakfast.org.au