COFFS Coast volunteers got a jump on the nation yesterday selling merchandise ahead of Monday's official Cancer Council Pink Ribbon Day.
Neridah Lee and Lyn Crossley were among more than 300 peoople at 80 sites across the North Coast working to raise $3.66 million across New South Wales for vital cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy, and information and support services for all those affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.
The pair were impossible to miss in a sea of pink merchandise at Coffs Central.
"My daughter Vanessa got me involved in Daffodil Day many years ago and manning a table for Pink Ribbon Day is just part of the same thing - giving back to the community," Lyn said.
"I have had too many good friends pass from breast cancer and its rare to meet someone who's life hasn't been touched by cancer, so giving up a few hours to support the cause is no big deal for me or Neridah.
"It's a lot of fun meeting everyone too."
It is estimated that every day in Australia around 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer.
In the Northern NSW region, it is predicted that, by 2016, 350 women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer in a single year, with 73 deaths expected.
For more info and to donate go to www.pinkribbon .com.au.