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Motoring enthusiasts rev up for breast cancer

THE 2019 Shannons Take Your Tops Off For Breast Cancer Research was a resounding success, with more than $3,100 raised for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

The free community event is a static car show that was established by Rodney Belbin from Shannons and Judi Adams from NBCF’s Hobart volunteer committee eight years ago.

Since then it has run across a number of states, and is a firm favourite with car enthusiasts, car clubs, attendees and the general public.

Ms Adams said the car show offered a safe environment for people to come together, enjoy the vehicles and donate to the cause.

“Many attending, such as the Dragons Abreast Hobart team, are survivors and the event provides a fun way to celebrate for the motor enthusiasts, while providing a focal point to highlight a more serious need in our community,” she said.

“As the NBCF receives no government funding for breast cancer research, these community events are of relevance and importance as we seek answers to provide better outcomes, earlier prognosis and more effective treatments for the one in seven women and one in 675 men diagnosed each year in Australia.

“Seven women a day still die from breast cancer and the NBCF’s goal is for there to be zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030 – only through further research can this goal be achieved.”

Through ribbon sales and a $250 donation made by Shannons, more than $3,100 was raised.

This put the grand total raised since the event began in Hobart in October 2012 to more than $22,700 locally and more than $38,100 nationally.

The winning vehicles for the event were a Zeus Dominator Roadster owned by Tony Barron (Lord Mayor’s Choice), a 2011 Maserati owned by Celeste Bates (Tasplates People’s Choice), and a 1935 Ford Roadster owned by Cam McDouglas (Shannons Most Prized Vehicle).

The next fundraising event for the NBCF in Hobart is the Mother’s Day Classic fun run on 12 May, followed by Pinktober where the Hobart CBD and Government House will be lit up pink for breast awareness month in October.

For more information on the NBCF around Tasmania, contact Judi Adams via email at eventstas@gmail.com, phone 0415 294 610 or visit www.facebook.com/EventsTasmania

Caption: From left, City of Hobart Alderman Simon Behrakis, National Breast Cancer Foundation Hobart volunteer committee member Judi Adams and Rodney Belbin from Shannons.

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