Tubes4Boobs Breast Cancer Awareness Surf Event
Interview by Emma-Jane Eeles
Courtney Bower is a young lady with a huge heart.
3 years ago, Courtney’s mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and she faced the possibility of losing her mum to this dreadful disease. More recently, Courtney’s Grandmother was also diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently fighting it. Rather than just sit on the sidelines feeling helpless, Courtney decided to take action and to start raising much needed funds for the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon fund.
And so TUBES 4 BOOBS was born.
I was so inspired by Courtney that I decided to catch up with her to find out more……
How was ‘Tubes 4 Boobs’ established?
We (my partner Marlenn and I) had been throwing around ideas of hosting a longboard surf comp for a while but didn’t have the motivation. Because of my mums cancer I had hosted a few events already such as Biggest Morning Tea and Pink Ribbon Merchandise stalls, but I felt I wanted to do more. One day out of the blue I got an email from the Cancer Council asking what I was doing this year (2015) to help out. I received the email while I was at a longboard comp and the light bulb lit up! When we got home we started making phone calls and sending emails and before we knew it our idea had so much support and our idea became a reality!
Why was hosting an event the way you wanted to go?
Hosting an event is a great way to bring the community together, to have fun and at the same time raise awareness and support for a cause I am so passionate about!
Has the event been held before or is this the first year?
This is the first of what we hope will be an annual competition and community event.
The funds raised will go directly to Pink Ribbon and towards new research, cancer nurses, information, help packs for newly diagnosed patients, transport and accommodation for patients during treatment.
We are hoping to raise over $10,000 at this years event! Our major goal is $100,000 in 5 years, which would be beyond incredible!
Who else is on board helping you with ‘Tubes 4 Boobs’?
My partner Marlenn Guihot and I are running the event and are blessed to be receiveing a great amount of help from Elissa Mead who is the Community Relations Coordinator at The Cancer Council NSW. The 3 Peas Market organisers, Suze McDonald and Bianca Tupper are absolute legends and are helping us out as well.
When is ‘Tubes 4 Boobs’ being held and where?
Dixon Park Beach, Newcastle, NSW (Australia)
Saturday October 3rd – Sunday October 4th
7:00 am – 5:00pm both days
What will the weekend entail?
There is SO MUCH happening over the weekend including The 3 Peas Markets (who are sponsoring and attending the event) with over 60 funky and creative food, art, and clothing stalls, chill out areas and musicians. Highlighting this years event will be the Tag Team surf event, where teams of surfers will be wearing bras and competing in a relay style surf competition! It will be great fun, especially with the dress-up element.
What does this event mean to you personally?
This event and it’s cause after my mum’s diagnosis with breast cancer. It was the hardest, most horrible thing to see her go through. She was so brave, strong and positive all the way through her journey and I admire her so much her positivity through such a trying experience.
What a woman!!
I am overjoyed to say she kicked Breast Cancer’s butt and I am beyond thankful for her every day!
My Grandmother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently fighting it. Having my mother and grandmother go through all of this and seeing its impact on them and the whole family has fueled me to want to do something to help.
The event is uniting my new found love and appreciation of surfing through my partner and doing something to bring great awareness and raise the much needed funds to help beat breast cancer means so much to me. I am overjoyed with the amount of support we are receiving for this event and I hope this comp will lead to an annual successful event to really help make a huge difference!
If people want to compete in the teams surf event, how can they get involved?
To compete in Tubes4Boobs please fill out the entry form here and submit it to [email protected]
Are you still looking for sponsors and donations?
Our website www.tubes4boobs.com.au is up and running… You can donate or become a fundraiser. All funds will go straight to Pink Ribbon. The highest fundraiser will receive a custom made hot pink Carverley Surfboard and there are yet to be other prizes announced!
Sponsorships are crucial for an event to be successful! Any amount of help is welcome and appreciated from donations to products or vouchers for our raffle.
If you would like more detailed information on levels of sponsorship please email us at [email protected] or feel free to call me directly on 0431284609
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Email: [email protected]