Local NOTL business raises their pinkies for Breast Cancer

Kelly Sims

By Kelly Sims

Sanctuary Spas Support Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Ribbon Tea in October
Toronto, ON, September 29, 2012 – It all started with a simple wish. Joey Holt wanted a way to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October without having to run. Every year in October, as the manager of The Fairmont Store in The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Holt had witnessed runners and walkers for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure. In treatment for breast cancer herself, she wanted to contribute while not directly participating. The Pink Ribbon Tea event was born. Sadly, the first “Pink Ribbon Tea” was held in her name when she succumbed to the disease in November of 2010.
Get “Tickled Pink” at the Spa: This year, Ontario’s famed Sanctuary Day Spas, have chosen to ‘go pink’ for the month of October in support of the Pink Ribbon Tea and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF), by offering Pink Ribbon Tea Manicures and Pedicures at their seven locations. Throughout the month, all Sanctuary Spa locations will be covered in a sea of pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Sanctuary Spa members will don Pink Ribbon Tea shirts to show their support provided by Gary Gurmukh Sales Ltd., with 10 per cent from every manicure/pedicure donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Each person who books a manicure and pedicure will receive an OPI Nail Polish donated by Ken Cohen at Radiant Beauty Supplies. You can also purchase a ‘Pink Ribbon Tea’ tin courtesy Metropolitan Tea, with all proceeds going to CBCF. In addition, Jane Iredale has partnered with Sanctuary for the event and they have donated 400 lip glosses.
“We’re excited to go pink for our first Pink Ribbon Tea event in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation of Ontario,” said Allan Skok, President of Sanctuary Day Spas. “This is a great way for our staff to raise money for a meaningful cause while having some fun doing it. We’re all going pink in October, including our website.” Sanctuary hopes to make this an annual event and will encourage its regular guests to make a contribution.
With one in nine Canadian women expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime, breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer in Canadian women over the age of 20, representing more than one-quarter of all cancer cases in Canadian women. CBCF is Canada’s leading community-driven breast cancer charity dedicated to funding relevant, innovative research, and supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community. Today, research funded by the Foundation has led to advancements in screening, diagnosis and treatment, contributing to an almost 40 per cent decrease in the number of Canadian women dying from breast cancer since the 1980s.
This event promises the grand tradition of afternoon tea with a pink twist in support of CBCF and the breast cancer community. Joey’s vision to hold an annual Pink Ribbon Tea event across Canada to raise funds for breast cancer research in a fun and social way is now a reality. Visit the Pink Ribbon Tea website for participating locations and ideas on how you can host your own fundraising tea party.

Join us at the launch on October 18 at the locations listed below. Enjoy tea and pink cupcakes, while learning more about how you can help create a future without breast cancer.

124 Queen St.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

About the Foundation:
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading national community-driven organization dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. The Foundation raises funds for this work through the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, community fundraising events, and corporate and individual donations. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, the Foundation raised more than $22.3 million in Ontario.

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