Shearers clip to help fight breast cancer

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Good cause... Bill Elers Contract Shearing workmates Brendon Humphries (left) and Alex Smith are two of the shearers who will take part in a shearing sheep fundraiser on Sunday to support Breast Cancer Cure New Zealand, a group researching a cure for breast cancer. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Experiencing the devastation breast cancer has brought to his family has motivated one young man to action.

Waimumu shearer Brendon Humphries, along with his workmates from Bill Elers Contract Shearing, are holding a Breast Cancer Cure New Zealand fundraiser on Sunday.

Mr Humphries said his grandmother died of breast cancer and his mother Juliet is also battling the disease, and he wanted to help put a stop to the killer that is robbing many women of a long life.

“There are just so many women out there who have died or are dying of breast cancer and who are much younger than my own mum,” Mr Humphries said.

His grandmother died of breast cancer 41 years ago.

“My mum was 10 years [old] at the time of her death.”

Fifteen years ago his mother Juliet was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 47 years old.

“She was clear of cancer for 15 years, then secondaries [cancer] occurred in her bones.

“Mum is just one of many women who developed secondaries.”

The 28-year-old chose Breast Cancer Cure because the group was the only non-profit organisation researching the disease.

their research and keep our loved ones alive.

“Research is the key to unlocking the causes, the successful treatment and the good health of women in New Zealand.”

The fundraiser would take place at the Humphries farm on Glendhu Rd, Waimumu.

Members of the shearing gang would shear about 1000 full wool ewes and contribute their wages to the cause.

Anyone who would like to come along and support the fundraiser were welcome between 9am and 2pm.

“We’d love to have some public community support.”

There was a free sausage sizzle for those who donated to the fundraiser.

If the weather was wet by Saturday lunchtime the shearing would be postponed to the next fine day, but people could still give a donation.

Family friend Rosemary Hastie said she admired Mr Humphries’ initiative.

“I take my hat off to him to do something like this.

Breast Cancer Cure marketing manager Janna Alexander said two New Zealand women died from breast cancer every day.

“One woman is diagnosed with the disease every three hours.”

Of those diagnosed, 87% of women were now surviving more than 5 years.

“While we can see an end in sight, we are not there yet. More than ever, we need people to commit to assisting our efforts to raise money for research.”

Breast Cancer Cure was grateful for community support of this important cause.