At the end of September the Helensville District Health Trust hosted a sold-out Pink High Tea at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai to raise awareness of breast cancer.
Guests heard from a range of locals who shared their personal journeys with breast cancer in a lively and often emotional afternoon MC'd by Jools Topp of the Topp Twins.
Health Trust Event Manager Amy Wood says the organisers were thrilled Jools accepted their invitation saying, “she is not only an iconic New Zealand entertainer but having had her own breast cancer journey this is an issue very close to her heart.”
In 2006 Jools was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent chemotherapy and had a mastectomy.
Among the other speakers at the high tea were former Helensville local Nicola Young who has also survived breast cancer, Professor Andrew Shelling, head of the Medical Genetics Group at the University of Auckland, Kaukapakapa’s Scott Perry who shared his family’s story and the loss of his wife Michelle in 2016 and Kylie Tietjens from the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Jools Topp and her twin sister Lynda this year celebrated their 60th birthdays with concerts in London and Auckland and were appointed as Dames in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for their services to entertainment.
(l-r): Karen Henriksen, May Liu, Lei Solito from Parakai’s Craigweil House.
(l-r): Diane Manders and Rosie Manders
Speakers at the High Tea (l-r): Jools Topp, MC; Kylie Tietjens, Breast Cancer Foundation; Nicola Young, breast cancer survivor; Professor Andrew Shelling, Medical Genetics Group; Scott Perry, Kaukapakapa.