It was the annual hospitality event where Professional Housekeepers of New South Wales (PHAN) members get together to support a great cause. This year the event, organised by Ziva Laverky of Ziva Corporate Uniforms, included male colleagues and friends with the ‘Movember’ moustache growing supporters for research into male Cancers joining with the ladies in pink for a morning tea. The hospitality colleagues were joined this year by the ladies from the NSW Chamber who were welcomed warmly.
The tradition of wearing pink to show support for the work of cancer research was well and truly upheld with most attendees wearing a touch of pink – including the men in pink shirts and ties.
Wearing his best pink tie, master of ceremonies Paul Judge opened the event by identifying awareness as the key to preventative, strategic and innovative lifestyle choices in the fight against cancer. Judge then introduced the guest speakers – Shula Endrey-Walder, who worked with E Donald Thomas, the Harvard Don who brought stem cell development to the world; and Kirsten Hartley, a naturopathic herbalist.
Endrey-Walder is co-founder of the Gift of Life charity and in 2010 was recognised with an OAM award for her important work in combating many diseases. Endrey-Walder and Laverky met when their children were just starting school. They became friends as did their children and both families have journeyed many years together. Endrey-Walder’s husband was a well respected cancer surgeon and both women have worked tirelessly raising funds for important cancer research to continue.
Along with donations and wonderful lucky door prizes, which included an auction of artwork donated by Meriton Hotels that collected $330 for the research project, the total monies raised on the day was $1668. The staff at the Department of NSW Trade and Investment and manager Jane Randall worked magic at a very special venue that the Network is proud to claim as ‘home’ for what has become an annual cancer research fundraiser.