A number of Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) committee members and supporters were among those who braved the wet weather this week to attend the “Lie Down for Life” event held in the Auckland Domain.
These last few months have been a whirlwind for the Pink Dragons Dragon Boat Team, affectionately known as The Pinkies, who are a group of breast cancer survivors based in Auckland. They compete in that division at dragon boat competitions throughout the season which runs between October and April. This year The Pinkies took a small team to Ashburton where they competed at Nationals in the small boat division under their own name and then joined with another team to complete their standard boat. A small boat has 12 aboard and a standard boat has 22.
Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) representatives travelled to Wellington recently to meet with Minister of Health, Hon. Andrew Little and Prof. Diana Sarfati, CEO of Te Aho o Te Kahu (Cancer Control Agency) to discuss some of the key issues affecting those with breast cancer.
The Pink Dragons are a team of dynamic breast cancer survivors, based in Auckland and competing in dragon boat regattas.
Through the 2019-20 season they were fortunate enough to take part in the filming of The Pinkies Are Back. The film follows them on their journey to rebuild their team and introduce lots of strong women to the sport of dragon boating.
COVID-19 won't dampen the running spirits! In 2021 the Kirikiriroa Marathon will be run as a virtual event that can be run anytime over the weekend of 13th – 14th March.
The global pandemic caused massive disruptions to people all around the world as we all worked hard to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In New Zealand, we had huge success in crushing the curve thanks to our fast action, but even in this new normal, cancer still remains a global threat.
The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) in partnership with Sweet Louise, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ and Metavivors NZ has launched the Gifts to the Future, He Koha ā Mua Legacy Project to enable a number of New Zealanders with advanced breast cancer to create video legacies recording the experiences of these women, as well as wisdom and insights they would like to share.
It’s hoped these video legacies will help the women involved pass on their stories, for their immediate family – partners, children, grandchildren and beyond - and help others who will face a similar diagnosis.
2020 has certainly been a year like no other and so was BCAC’s 15th Annual General Meeting – our first to be conducted online as a virtual event. Clearly everyone’s ‘Zooming’ skills have become well-honed and we had a great turnout. We were thrilled to see so many of you online with us and know that you were linking in from around the country.
Media Release 28 October 2020