New Zealand’s reigning top business owner for the RE/MAX network, Pamela Lee Burge, sacrificed her hair on the weekend for a cause she and her real estate team are totally committed to.
Local radio personality ‘Burnzee’, of Media Works, shaved Mrs Lee Burge at RE/MAX Go For Sold’s fourth annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast for Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand, held at her Palmerston North office on Saturday 25th May.
“Why? Because I have a choice and others don’t,” Mrs Lee Burge said.
“I read there’s hope that in ten years’ time cancer might be considered a chronic illness not a terminal one; but to be something completely treatable, there would need to be affordable treatments and medicines.
“Fund-raising is critical if we are going to get there.”
There is also a personal side to her commitment, with both Pamela’s youngest daughter being taken by cancer at age 10 and her husband at 58. And the RE/MAX Go For Sold team has experienced breast cancer firsthand with agent Donna Cliff’s life having been hugely affected.
The RE/MAX Go For Sold Pink Ribbon Breakfast raised more than $10,000, which was up on the approximately $8,500 of last year.
“$10,000 was the goal, though I wondered if it was possible!” said Mrs Lee Burge. “I should not have doubted because each year we have amazing sponsors and everyone on our team works incredibly hard to make it a fund-raising success.”
When she says her team are hands-on, she means it.
“The staff prepare all the food. For example, Ashleigh Matenga spent a whole week making pink iced cupcakes, other staff baked, and all of the croissants are made up by staff on Saturday morning.”
She said that locals now eagerly await the annual ‘by invitation only’ event with around 180 accepting this year.
Along with the breakfast fare, the Pink Ribbon Breakfast involves entertainment, an auction of well-received items and services, and raffles of donations that are made up into in beautiful baskets.
Mrs Lee Burge laughed, “I wasn’t the ‘entertainment’ though buckets were filling up with donations while Burnzee was at work on my head.”
She went pink for a week before losing her locks, then donned a tinsel wig immediately after in a nod to the daughter she’d lost.
Her Facebook post after the event said, “I’m adjusting to life with no hair and now have a much bigger variety of scarfs than I use to. But the main thing is I am very grateful for my gift of health and wish everyone that has been affected by this terrible illness all the support in the world.”
“The annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast is close to all our hearts and we’ll be back next year. It’s important we do this because it’s the right thing to do,” said Mrs Lee Burge.
Donations can still be made on line until the end of May at https://pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz/page/remaxgoforsold
Lyn Cox, Public Relations – M. +61 418 793 096, E. firstname.lastname@example.org
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