Pub goes pink as it pushes to raise funds for breast cancer awareness

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White Star's Mark Cilli, Elle Dawson and Chris Weekes.
Camera IconWhite Star's Mark Cilli, Elle Dawson and Chris Weekes. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

The White Star Hotel has gone pink in the spirit of breast cancer awareness.

The local pub has joined in the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Go Pink promotion, aiming to spark conversations and raise money for research.

Each June, the foundation encourages Australian residents and businesses to “go pink” while raising awareness and funds.

The White Star team will be finishing off their campaign with a long-table dinner next month. Venue manager Mark Cilli said they had had their uniforms remade in pink for an important cause.

“You would struggle to find someone who hasn’t been affected by the disease down the line, either themselves, a family member or a friend,” he said.

“I have had close family friends who have tackled breast cancer, but we all appreciate everything that the nurses and people with it have to go through.”

The long-table dinner will have six courses, with wine from local winery Rosenthal Wine matched by winemaker Coby Ladwig. Mr Cilli said the night would be an informative and fun way to cap their fundraising efforts. “We have a breast care nurse from the hospital coming down as a guest speaker,” he said.

The dinner will take place on Wednesday, July 28. For tickets, visit or the venue.

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