Friends, who are undergoing chemotherapy and call themselves The Baldies, from left, Sally Mellor, Linda Moloney and Michelle McAteer-Ross. Event organisers Hiria Kayes, left, and Nikki Davidson, right, gift Linda Moloney (‘Ms Sassy’), centre, with a handwoven wall hanging. The waving of napkins officially opens the lunch. The men were outnumbered at this event, but around a dozen took part. From left, Mark Dickinson, Dale Hodson and Andy Whatling.
More than 115 people, dressed all in white, took part in a local event that raised more than $5500 for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis Auckland.
The stylish outdoor lunch, at a private residence in Manly on the sunny afternoon of Saturday, April 7, included white tablecloths and decorations as well as music, dancing and a silent auction. Some took the white theme more seriously, turning up in white vehicles – this included a Mercedes called Marilyn and a Cadillac convertible.
The fundraiser was based upon the successful Le Diner en Blanc, where every participant brings their own food, drinks and chairs. Tables were provided by Whangaparaoa School.
The money was raised from ticket sales, an auction and donations.
Many of the guests have been through breast cancer, with some currently undergoing treatment and others in remission.
Co-organiser Nikki Davidson described the lunch as “a lovely spectacle and a fun gathering featuring kindness, support, friendship and bravery”.