October is International Breast Cancer Awareness month and Britomart is getting involved – which means you can too! Here’s what’s happening…

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

The NZBCF is the country’s largest breast cancer charity but without government funding, they really solely on support from the public. Their focus on education and research has contributed to a 27% drop in breast cancer mortality over the past 20 years! What an amazing level of progress to get behind!

The following initiatives will donate funds raised to the NZBCF:

Espresso Workshop have pink tulip cups and will donate $5 from each pink cup sale for the month of October (or until stock is exhausted).

Bobbi Brown have a an Art Stick Duo, with a percentage of proceeds going towards NZBCF. Bobbi Brown and Jo Malone will also have donation boxes in store.

Kit and Ace: Everyone who makes a purchase in the Pop Up during October, will go in the draw to win a champagne pink breakfast for themselves and five friends.

Pink Star Walk: On Saturday 8 October, a 5km and 21km fun walk will start in the Domain and the walkers will come through Britomart. They will be setting up a water station and will have a St Johns ambulance on site. Registration is now open.


Sweet Louise

Sweet Louise, who launched at Britomart ten years ago, will be present during October with an exhibition inside Project Space.

The organisation was founded by Scott Perkins in 2005 after the death of his wife Louise. Sweet Louise operates with a singular focus that makes them different from other breast cancer charities – they support those diagnosed with incurable breast cancer and they are the only charity who do so.

“20% of people with breast cancer see their disease progress to an incurable stage” explains CEO Fiona Hatton.“As we understand it, 94% of women in Auckland who have incurable breast cancer and are eligible to be registered with us, are registered.”

So what do Sweet Louise provide? ”Each member receives $500 worth of vouchers. We cover things like home meal delivery, so that families are fed in the hardest moments. We cover help with gardening, counselling for children, all sorts of things. We respond to each person individually depending on what theur particular needs might be.”

To celebrate their acheivements and honour the people they’ve helped, photographer Nigel Swinn came on board to take portraits of ten Sweet Louise members. Right now, Project Space in Britomart displays a powerful portrait of Max, who has since died. “All the people we photographed were happy to do it and their families have asked for the images to be displayed, even the families of the ones ho have passed” says Fiona. ‘After the portraits were taken they each would say “I’m so glad to have done this.”

And how can we get support Sweet Louise? A $3 donation can be made anytime by texting “sweet louise” to the number 4662. And this Thursday 11th October, Sweet Louise are holding an art auction featuring works by some of the country’s finest including Shane Cotton, Marti Friedlander, Gretchen Albrecht and Dick Frizzell.

Auction details here.

More about Sweet Louise here.