Fighting breast cancer one breakfast at a time

Basalt Events Manager Kelly Mathews, Bar Manager Shane Higginson and Arishma Singh.

Last year she raised almost $1400 for the Breast Cancer Foundation, but this year Arishma Singh has her sights set even higher.

The Botany local says she is hoping to raise more than $2500 with her Pink Ribbon Breakfast next month which will be hosted at Basalt Bar in Howick.

Singh’s first breakfast saw 50 people donned in pink come together to eat, drink and learn about breast cancer.

Those who missed out eagerly put their names on the waitlist for tickets to this year’s event.

“Knowing that the community were behind it and supporting me has been such a good feeling and is also part of the reason why I was pushed to hold another event this year,” says Singh, 23.

The charity-minded local says she was overwhelmed with not only the turnout and donations raised, but also how little the attendees knew about breast cancer and early detection.

“In the recent years cancer has become an illness that has affected people in my life,” she says.

“Being a female, [breast cancer] is something I can relate to and fear that it can develop in myself or someone dear to me – my mum, sister, family, my girlfriends – even the men can be affected.”

The Breast Cancer Foundation is non-government funded charity, so the money they receive comes from donations and fundraising events like Pink Ribbon Breakfasts.

Singh says that if by hosting a breakfast she can help the Breast Cancer Foundation continuing researching and working towards a cure for Breast cancer, she’s all for it.

“It’s a special feeling knowing that something as simple as breakfast on a Sunday with friends and strangers can lead to someone being persuaded into getting a breast screen.”

This year’s event is on October 15, and all the proceeds will go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Those who attend will be served breakfast, goodie bags, a breast cancer information pack and a pink ribbon to wear during the month of October.

  • To purchase a ticket for $30 contact Arishma Singh by emailing arishma.r.s@gmail.com.