Cycling for sis
DEBBIE Newton calls herself one of the lucky ones.
This time last year she was battling breast cancer, but can confidently say today that she is fit and healthy.
When Mrs Newton heard what Australian actor Samuel Johnson was doing with his Love Your Sister ride, she was only too quick to raise her hand and offer to help.
This Friday when Mr Johnson comes through Grafton on his unicycle, he will be whisked onto the green for a game of barefoot bowls.
Mrs Newton said she was inspired by Mr Johnson's quest to raise $1 million for breast cancer after his sister Connie was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
"I found out he was riding through Grafton in The Daily Examiner and he was asking people to issue him with a challenge to raise money for the cause," she said.
"Given this time last year I was in the thick of treatment for breast cancer, I really wanted to give back to those who supported me locally and highlight the need for more research into breast cancer."
A Touch of Pink barefoot bowls fundraiser will be held at the South Grafton Bowls Club from 4pm, and Mrs Newton encouraged locals to knock off work early to join in the fun.
"It's all about fun and raising money - his target is $1 million, so if we can raise a few thousand, that would be great," she said.
There are 64 bowling spots, but plenty of room for spectators to head down for a good laugh.
Businesses have come on board donating raffle prizes for the day, and if you have something to donate to the fundraiser, Mrs Newton wants to hear from you.
Attendees are also encouraged to wear pink, and the best decorated bra will win a prize - that means you too fellas!
Secure your spot; phone Mrs Newton on 6643 1244 or 0402 073 804, or Gillian Goddard from Clarence Valley Dragon's Abreast on 6642 5770 or 0410 711 728.
You can also donate to the cause at www.loveyoursist er.org or head to your local Bendigo Bank.
Cost is $20 for bowlers and $10 for spectators. All proceeds to go to the cause.