Breast Cancer Research Centre WA chief executive Carmelo Arto visited Kalgoorlie-Boulder and met with Something Pink committee members and supporters as he unveiled finalised plans for a one-stop breast cancer centre in Perth.
Something Pink was started last year by breast cancer survivor Katrina Tedge and patient Gai Robinson to raise money for the new centre, which received the tick of approval on Thursday night.
At an informal lunch organised by Something Pick yesterday, Mr Arto showed about 20 guests schematic drawings of the centre and explained how the more than $90,000 raised by this year’s Kalgoorlie-Boulder fundraiser would be used.
Mr Arto said it was an opportunity to thank the Goldfields’ community for their generosity and said Something Pink’s donation would go directly to services.
The shell of the building is expected to be finished by the end of next year and after being fitted out, the five-storey centre could be operational my mid-2020.
Ms Tedge said being able to see plans reinforced Something Pink’s credibility within the community.
“They can actually see where our fundraising efforts are going and then next year when we do it again, people can visualise where their money is spent,” she said.
“It’s so exciting and it’s a bit emotional for Gai because it is real now and it is a centre we know is going to have such good benefits for rural men and women.”
Something Pink supporter Daphne Hahn said a one-stop centre would be empowering for women.
“I think it’s lovely because people that are not well, it encases them and embraces them and empowers them,” she said.