Tavern turns pink

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on October 18, 2019

PINK is the word and the colour this month for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is expected to brighten up Elleker Tavern this weekend.

A breast cancer fundraiser morning tea is planned for this Saturday from 10.30am at the Tavern in honour of breast cancer survivors, those who have passed, patients and their families, and in particular, Elleker Tavern owner Glenda Parsons.

Ms Parsons was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Stage 3 breast cancer just three months ago in July.

With her family, friends and work family rallying around her, she has already undergone numerous sessions of chemotherapy and an operation, and now has five rounds of chemotherapy left before 21 rounds of radiation.

Ms Parsons said it was a real shock to learn of her diagnosis after having a breast check.

“We got it very early so I’m very lucky,” she said.

“The prognosis is very good.”

Joining Ms Parsons at the morning tea among many others will be Robin Bromilow, a member of the Albany branch of the Knitted Knockers.

Knitted Knockers Australia is a volunteer-run operation that knits free cotton prosthetic breasts for people who have had mastectomies.

Ms Bromilow said more than 3000 pairs of knitted knockers had been given away in Albany in five years and said it demonstrated just how many people were afflicted by the disease.

“You go to people’s houses and you hear some incredible stories,” she said.

“One lady had undergone a double mastectomy and after getting a pair of knitted knockers, said she felt like a woman again.

“You don’t realise how much that can affect you.”

The morning tea is free to attend, and people are asked to wear pink, bring money to donate and a plate of sweet or savoury treats to share.

There will be games, hampers, wine and prizes, and a grand door prize for the best dressed person addressing the Pretty in Pink theme.

Elleker Tavern is located on Lower Denmark Road, approximately 15 minutes from the Albany CBD.