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Bakers Delight “pinks up” for breast cancer support

PINK was the colour of choice at Bakers Delight Eastlands and Lindisfarne recently when the bakeries participated in this year’s ‘Pink Bun Campaign’ to help raise valuable funds in the fight against breast cancer.

From 21 April to 11 May, the two Eastern Shore bakeries joined franchise outlets from across the state to help raise $1.5 million for the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).

Now in its 11th year, the Pink Bun Campaign sees every Bakers Delight bakery across the country donate 100 per cent from the sale of pink buns to BCNA.

Bakers Delight joint chief executive Lesley Gillespie said more than five million pink buns had been baked and sold through the campaign during the past 11-years.

“The event is very much a part of the Bakers Delight culture and we want to thank all our customers for giving generously to a fantastic cause each year,” she said.

“Our bakers and their staff are extremely passionate about BCNA and many hosted community events in their local area to raise money for the cause.”

Bakers Delight Lindisfarne hosted a special fundraising weekend on Saturday 30 April, which included a bake sale, sausage sizzle and children’s choir to raise more than $1,000 for the cause.

In addition to the pink buns sold, Bakers Delights Eastlands also raised funds by donating $1.50 from all Boston buns sales, as well as $1.50 from the sale of every high-fibre, low GI block to BCNA.

Bakers Delight franchisee Lisa Puglisi said the fundraising event was a “lovely day.”

“It was such a great display of the strength of community on the Eastern Shore,” she said.

“BCNA’s Kathra McTye and her team of lovely ladies assisted so much, providing delicious baked goods for the bake sale, as well as coordinating the spectacular children whose singing was such a fun addition to the day.

“The important thing to us is that we raised some money for BCNA and spoke to many people throughout the day, including survivors, families of ladies affected and people who were just wondering what all the fuss was about.”

BCNA’s chief executive Christine Nolan said it was predicted that nearly 16,000 Australians would be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.

Ms Nolan said the donations from Bakers Delight would go toward funding the much needed ‘My Journey Kit’.

“A free resource for people newly diagnosed with breast cancer, BCNA’s My Journey Kit reaches more than 80 per cent of Australian’s affected by breast cancer,” she said.

“We want to reach 100 per cent of people and our work is not done until we reach everyone.

“Throughout the course of our partnership, Bakers Delight has raised more than $15 million for BCNA and we are so grateful for the support.”

Caption: From left, volunteers Kathra McTyre, Debra Medhurst and Laree Throsby at the Bakers Delight fundraiser event.