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Donations boost total for Project Mammogram

Whitianga Lions and Mercury Bay Lions Project Mammogram has seen a massive boost to its fundraising total thanks to two extremely generous donations in June.

The Project Mammogram committee says the donations came from two local people who wanted to make a real difference to the well-being of women in this community through early detection of breast cancer.  The lives of both of the donors had been touched by breast cancer and their concern and care went out to anyone affected by breast cancer.

Project Mammogram committee chairperson, Mike Brown says: “With such significant donations coming in, we are now fully focused on finding a Mammogram operator and a site for the unit.  However, we still need to complete the last $50,000 of fundraising as well. Our goal is to try and achieve the remaining fundraising by the end of the year. This will allow us to work with an operator to purchase a 3D mammogram machine. Once up and running, this service will provide essential and convenient mammograms for the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula from Port Charles to Whangamata.

“When we first launched this project in October 2022, the approximate cost to purchase a new 3D mammogram machine was $300,000.

“We chose a target of $350,000 to allow for inflation. With one last major push at fundraising for the final balance, the goal is in sight, and we can’t wait to see this service available in Whitianga.

“Our aim has always been to offer early detection of breast cancer for better outcomes, and we know that sometimes local women delay routine mammograms because of having to travel further afield for them or to take time off work to have them. The Whitianga-based service will hopefully make it easier for all women to keep up-to-date with their mammograms.”

“We are incredibly grateful for these donations, and we hope the community will continue to get behind us for the final sprint home! Together we can make this happen!”