Graham Murray and Londa Finlayson from the Wagin Community Resource Centre (CRC) showing their support. Simone Stephens showing her support for purple bra day.
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Margaret Mazurek, Val Carbone, Yvonne Edward, Liz Williams and Simone Stephens get into the spirit of the day by wearing their purple bras.

Even the Telecentre computer was decked out in a purple bra for the day.

A NUMBER of Wagin businesses recently hosted Purple Bra Day in order to help fundraise for Breast Cancer Care WA.

The Wagin Community Resource Centre (CRC) staff participated by wearing their purple bras, including co-ordinator Graham Murray who nobly rose to the challenge and wore his purple bra, not something he would normally be accustomed to doing.

Tuija Karhunen was the main instigator for the fundraising drive in Wagin.

Having seen three or four close friends battling breast cancer, she felt it was a great fundraiser to get involved with.

“I was really pleased with our efforts this year and Simone from Simone Janes Hair Design and I are already talking and planning for next year,” Ms Karhunen said.

With collection tins being situated at a number of locations around town, Wagin residents raised almost $700 for the charity.

That was a terrific effort considering not many in Wagin knew about Purple Bra Day, as it wasn’t widely publicised in the lead up to the day.

Simone Stephens from Simone Jane’s Hair Design along with Val Carbone hosted an afternoon tea in the salon for people to come along and show their support for this worthy cause.

Mrs Stephens had purple touches throughout her salon as well as a lovely afternoon tea for the women in attendance.

“It was nice to see a few places in town had supported this cause, but now that we know more about this charity wouldn’t it be wonderful next year to have the whole town aware and involved in the fundraising?” Mrs Stephens said.

Ms Karhunen thanked people for their support on the day and encouraged people to look out for the Purple Bra Day posters in June nexty year, when the day is planned to be bigger and better.

Breast Cancer Care WA is a charity based solely in WA for Western Australians, with all the money staying in WA.

This valuable charity has been in operation since 2000 and receives no government funding at all, so relies totally on the generosity of Western Australians in order to be able to continue and provide its wide range of much needed services which are at no cost to their clients.

The services they provide are tailored to each individual to support them in the best way possible, starting from the initial diagnosis and continuing through their treatment and into the future.

Some of the services available include experienced breast cancer care nurses and counsellors, with specific services available to support Indigenous women and their families.

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