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Lighthouse illuminates breast cancer message

Cape Byron Lighthouse shone pink on Friday night (October 17) to promote breast cancer awareness. Photo Lyn McCarthy

Cape Byron Lighthouse shone pink on Friday night (October 17) to promote breast cancer awareness. Photo Lyn McCarthy

Last Friday night (October 17) the Byron Breast Cancer Support Group and North Coast Events, turned Byron Lighthouse fluorescent pink against the night-sky to remember friends and loved ones affected by breast cancer.

Especially in their thoughts was ‘our own beacon of light, and pink faerie Anna-Marie Orchard ‘who recently passed away peacefully at home from secondary breast cancer, at the age of 44.

‘Anna-Marie touched the hearts of everyone who met her,’ said Byron Breast Cancer Support Group spokesperson Barb Pinter.

‘She dressed as a pink fairy to let people know there is a local support group they can contact, and to remind people to be loving and caring and enjoy life no matter what.

‘On Friday, a group of Anna-Marie’s friends, her husband Mark and son Jack remembered Anna- Marie’s zest for life, her generosity, grace, beauty and sense of fun as the lighthouse turned a vibrant, bold pink, beaming out her clear message,’ Barb said.

Anna-Marie Orchard's beauty, generosity and zest for life were remembered at breast cancer awareness events last weekend. Photo Eve Jeffery

Anna-Marie Orchard’s beauty, generosity and zest for life were remembered at breast cancer awareness events last weekend. Photo Eve Jeffery

She added it was a reminder ‘to insist on testing and treatment for any unusual breast symptoms no matter how old you are and to do it as early as possible’ as well as ‘to share love, care and fun at every opportunity’.

The lighthouse could be seen shining pink from the beach at Brunswick Heads and the ridge at Myocum. Many messages of love were attached to the 100 pink women silhouettes in the group’s Minifield of Women and pink labyrinth at the lighthouse on Saturday morning.

If you missed the Pink Lighthouse this year keep an eye out next October: the group plans to make it an annual event with support from North Coast Events.

For more information about the Byron Breast Cancer Support Group please call 66808893 or email [email protected].


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