Waikato’s best and brightest supporting breast cancer research


The Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust is holding a fundraising dinner showcasing the Best of the Waikato – and giving supporters a chance to have a celebrity at their very own table.

The dinner will be held on Wednesday 23 October to raise funds for essential clinical trials and research into breast cancer treatments. Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust Co-founder and Chair Dr Ian Campbell calls it “a chance for guests to encounter, up close and personal, the very best the region has to offer, as well as support life-saving research”.

As a further fundraiser, a silent auction is being held ahead of the dinner. The highest bidder will win a table of seven, seated with a great Waikato person of their choice.

Waikato greats present at the dinner will include Olympian and trans-Atlantic rowing champion Rob Hamill, fast and evasive Black Fern Sevens Stacey Waaka, award winning comedian Jan Maree and New Zealand’s Lord of the Reins, Lance O’Sullivan. “The sheer variety of past and present Waikato achievers who will be joining us for the evening illustrates just what a remarkable region it is,” says Dr Campbell.

The entertainment will include an inspiring talk by para-climber Rachel Māia and performances by the Hamilton Operatic Society from their latest show ‘We Will Rock You’. “We want to deliver profound messages through the entertainment, as well as provide education about the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust”, says Dr Campbell. “Above all, we want our guests to have a great night out with the best of the Waikato.”

The Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust is a charitable trust dedicated to getting the best results for those diagnosed with breast cancer by providing access to clinical trials and developing new, effective treatments. Yet with each clinical trial costing at least $200,000 to run, fundraising and building awareness of its work is critical.

Tickets for the ‘Best Of Dinner’ will go on sale on Monday September 9 at $160 per person, or $1200 for a table of 8. The silent auction for a table with a Waikato great will be held over a week starting Monday September 2, with bids starting at $1500. Visit www.brightasabutton.co.nz to place your bid or purchase tickets.


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