by SUE SECONI
WANGANUI — For St Mary’s Wanganui, the sixth Sunday of Easter became Pink Sunday. Sunday best for Mass was replaced with pink for parishioners, including the blokes. From the parish newsletter to the candles on the altar, all was pink.
Three St Mary’s, Wanganui, parishioners who inspired “Pink Sunday”. From left, Adelie Reitsma-Reid, Claire Isted and Liza Mancer, who all welcomed the happy diversion from their cancer treatments. (Marcia O’Connor photo)
All for a cause dear to the parish.
Three mums who are hugely involved in ministries are at various stages of the journey with breast cancer treatment.
The main driver for the parish to host a breast cancer breakfast as part of the national campaign was newly appointed parish secretary Liza Mancer, who is now on six months sick leave.
Brunch consisted of toast, hash browns, sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, baked beans, pink muffins and a bottle of pink bubbles.
The parish stepped up and supported her effort 100 per cent after 9am Mass, raising $2000. There were raffles, quickfire auctions, lucky spot prize and ticket number. There was a Mr Pink Charming and Mrs Pinkeralla competition, while the Tapestry Singers performed popular
60s hit songs.
The extroverts got up and did their own chain train to the song Locomotion around the pink-decorated St Joseph’s Hall. These boots are made for walkin’, written and recorded by Nancy Sinatra, got everyone singing. Wrapping up the event was kaumatua Nohi Wallace offering
a prayer.
Money raised during this May month fundraiser, fronted by Lorraine Downs, will go towards research projects and medical grants to improve breast cancer survivorship in New Zealand. This is our prayer for Adelie Reitsma-Reid, Claire Isted and Liza Mancer.

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