Hundreds of placard-carrying community member stand in formation at the showgrounds to create Mackay's Big Boob as part of a Cancer Council Queensland initiative aimed to raise awareness of breast cancer.
Hundreds of placard-carrying community member stand in formation at the showgrounds to create Mackay's Big Boob as part of a Cancer Council Queensland initiative aimed to raise awareness of breast cancer. Daryl Wright and Mike Jones

Big boob for cancer research

IT wasn't a plane or a bird, it was Mackay's biggest boob.

And it took shape yesterday as 400 Mackay residents got together in a big way to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Cancer Council Queensland project co-ordinator Stephanie Fatnowna said the event was a great success even though they did not get the 1000 people they were hoping for.

“We estimated there were 400 people there with their coloured placards. We started small this year but gradually it will grow and we will work on it,” Ms Fatnowna said.

“The team is already planning another boob for next year.

“At present we are still tallying up how much we raised. We had some people donate who was not part of the boob as well.”

Ms Fatnowna said they could not have asked for better weather after the last week's on and off rain pattern. She said the group of 400 people stayed in formation for 20 minutes while photographers took an aerial shot.

“We always do the decorated bras and the girls' night in and the boob was something new and different,” she said.

Along with the giant boob formation, there was entertainment from singer Anette Worthington, Latin dancers and cupcakes from Cupcake Caboodle.

Joining the 400 people were members of Dragons Abreast and the Wellington Street Breastscreen staff.

Breast cancer awareness is important because it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in Queensland and Australia. It is also the second highest cause of cancer-related death in Queensland women.

The early detection of breast cancer can lead to increased survival rates and improved quality of life. There are many ways to promote breast cancer awareness and to raise funds for research and support programs


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