Funds, food and friends for Breast Cancer support

Helping out . . . Rachael Monkhouse held a Pink Ribbon fundraising breakfast with her flatmates and more than 20 other women to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Society. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

Eating pink crepes and pikelets and gathering with friends while raising money for the Breast Cancer Society sounded like a good idea to one Dunedin student.

University of Otago fourth-year student Rachael Monkhouse and her five flatmates, who regularly help fundraise or volunteer for various organisations around Dunedin, hosted their own fundraising Pink Ribbon breakfast on April 29, inviting more than 20 friends to join the fun.

The Pink Ribbon Breakfast initiative, which runs throughout May, encourages groups, cafes and businesses to host pink-themed breakfasts to raise money for the Breast Cancer Society.

Miss Monkhouse said her flatmates recently took part in the University of Otago Relay for Life, raising money for the Cancer Society, and had collected or volunteered for a variety of non-profit groups.

Supporting a “wonderful cause”, an organisation that supported women with breast cancer, seemed like the next good idea.

Between 20-25 women showed up to the breakfast, where pink crepes and pikelets, berry drinks and pink balloons and streamers greeted guests.

Miss Monkhouse said the breakfast raised about $100.

Their fundraising page would run until the end of the month.

To support the 2B Forth St Pink Ribbon Breakfast fundraiser or for more information about hosting your own breakfast, visit