Successful cancer foundation lunch

The PNG Cancer Foundation once more hosted a successful pink ribbon lunch this year.

The lunch, formerly brunch, is a big fundraiser for the foundation that is held annually.

Proceeds go towards funding the foundation’s work in addressing cancer, in particular women's cancer in PNG.

The event, held at the Royal Papua Yacht Club in Port Moresby yesterday, sold over 20 tables at K3,500.

“We’re very humbled by that because I understand how difficult things are especially at the financial end, not just with individuals and families but also the corporate sector,” said the CEO, Dadi Toka Jnr.

Toka Jnr said the foundation has been lucky to get that much support every year.

“We focus on women’s cancer and there’s been a lot of attention and awareness around it. We’d like to keep this momentum that cancer is a topic that needs to be talked about,” he said.

This year’s lunch saw researcher Dr Andrew Vallely, from the PNG Institute of Medical Research, share their work on cervical cancer in PNG.

Also as a guest speaker was Yvonne Kariko, a cervical cancer survivor brave enough to share her experience.

The foundation also brought in physician Mila C Nash to talk about healthy eating habits.

PNG Cancer Foundation focuses on cervical cancer, mouth cancer and breast cancer. The body took over the role from PNG Cancer Relief Society.

It’s been in existence for four years now. But advocacy on women cancer has been ongoing for at least 10 years.

Gloria Bauai