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The pink lady silhouette has become a
powerful symbol for breast cancer.
Each time the silhouette is placed in the
ground it represents a woman that had or has
It is estimated 36 women in Australia every day will
be diagnosed and seven will lose their lives.
On October 10, a mini- eld of women will be
displayed at Exeter Oval, as a tribute to the women.
It is the rst time the mini- eld of women has been
organised in the Highlands.
Organiser Jo Pearson nursing unit manager from the
Southern Highlands Cancer Centre said a couple of
her patients attended an event similar a couple of
"They said it was really powerful and they were
moved by it," she said.
"It is an issue close to many women and a ects
communities right across Australia."
The event is being held in conjunction with Exeter
CWA's Crazy Cozies Competition. The competition
is raising money for women with breast cancer, in
particular those in regional and rural Australia.
When Jo Pearson realised Exeter CWA was holding
this event she thought it was the perfect opportunity
to also do the mini- eld of women.
October is also Breast Cancer Month.
Ms Pearson is encouraging people to decorate
the pink lady silhouettes before the day if they
choose. The silhouettes could be collected from the
Southern Highlands Cancer Centre, or they can be
collected on the day.
Ms Pearson said this activity is to empower women.
To tell them they are not alone, it is not depressing;
women survive and do well.
"It is a way to join women together, cancer can be a
very isolating disease," she said.
"It is one way that everybody can get together, it is
not isolating, you can ask questions and meet other
people in similar circumstances."
On the day, the Exeter CWA will hold the nale of
their Crazy Cozies Competition.
The competition has sparked the imagination of
people around the world.
More than 300 elaborate tea cozies have poured
in from around Australia and from countries like
Ireland, Scotland and America.
Exeter CWA branch vice president Kaye Healey
originally came up with the idea after seeing a book
on tea cozies.
The entries are not the run of the mill cozies but
works of art. There are cottages, chooks and
Venetian themed ones; they are not what most
people will remember from morning tea at nan's.
The doors will be thrown open to the Exeter Village
Hall at 9am and will be shut around 4pm.
All the cozies will be on sale, and the money will go
towards breast cancer.
Ms Healey said everybody knows someone close to
them who has had breast cancer.
"We wanted to do something to help women who
felt isolated and alone and were a long way from city
medical facilities," she said.
Cheryle Peters who lives with breast cancer, said
the mini- eld of women would allow people to
honour those that were no longer here but also
to celebrate life.
"Celebrate that we are still here on this journey,"
she said. n
Southern Highlands Cancer Centre 4861 2177
Exeter CWA Crazy Cozies blog http://crazycozies.
> Jo Pearson would like to see all the women, their family
members, friends or carers who have been a ected by
breast cancer to plant a pink lady silhouette in the mini-
eld of women at Exeter Oval.
> The elaborate masquerade tea cozies made by a lady
in Newcastle will be for sale on October 10.
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