The Brookton Town Hall was transformed into a sea of pink during a breast cancer awareness fundraiser on Sunday. A group of Brookton women banded together to form event organising group called GoPink, which hosted the ladies’ long-table lunch, markets stalls, creative workshops and sundowner event to raise funds for breast cancer support services. GoPink organiser Jaz Locke said the group decided to create the event after their close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. “One of our lovely friends has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s very invasive so it was very shocking,” she said. “(Hosting the fundraiser) was something that we could do to help, because you can’t really help in any other way when someone has got breast cancer.” Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women, according to Cancer Council WA. There were 1830 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, when 268 women died battling the disease. In the same year, 13 men were diagnosed with breast cancer and one man died. Ms Locke said while organising the event she came across more people in the community who had been touched by cancer. “Since going on our little journey over the last of weeks we have found so many people who have been touched by breast cancer it is unreal,” she said. “It’s people within the towns close to Brookton and several people in Brookton itself. “Those are just some of the people who have had breast cancer let alone the people who have had a loved one with breast cancer.” The day started with market stalls at the Brookton Town Hall followed by a long-table lunch where attendees were encouraged to wear pink and black. Local creatives held workshops on macrame earrings, ink pots, oil rollers and succulent planting. “It’s a week before Mother’s Day so the markets are the perfect opportunity to get a present for those who have forgotten its Mother’s Day coming up,” Ms Locke said speaking before the fundraiser. “We have a couple of local people who have survived breast cancer and are going to get up and share their stories, followed by a grazing board lunch supplied by Tops and Tangles. “Then we’ve got four workshops for those who are choosing workshop tickets “It’s just about coming together and bonding over some hands on workshop. It’ll be a nice day out because in the Wheatbelt there is not many of them.” Part of the funds raised will be donated to Breast Cancer Care WA which provides support, counselling and nursing care to people battling breast cancer. For tickets, visit bit.ly/3KqZNAl.