Isle of Pink launch, St Thomas's Square, Newport. From left Brenda Reeves, Leanne Phillips, Estelle McGuire, Laura Morris, Vikki Langridge, Meg Morris, Joy Marshall and Deb Morris. Picture by Ashley Vaughan.
THIS year’s Isle of Pink was launched with Brazilian flair on Saturday.
Music from Unidos Samba Band and performances by Isle of Wight dancers ensured all eyes were on the Isle of Pink stand in St Thomas’ Square, Newport.
Organised by Breast Cancer Campaign and its regional volunteer group, Pink on Wight, the Isle of Wight fundraising campaign sees the pink-themed events across the Island during September, raising money for breast cancer research.
It will be the sixth year the Island has turned pink for the charity, raising more than £100,000 over that time.
Leanne Phillips, chair of Pink on Wight, said they had already raised more than half of their £12,000 fundraising target for this year with Saturday’s family fun day edging them £400 nearer to their goal.
Tomorrow (Thursday), more than 60 pink rubber ducks are due to be released into Ventnor paddling pool to raise awareness of the campaign.
Meanwhile, shops across the Island will be battling it out to create the best pink window displays with judging on September 27 and 28.
Isle of Pink will be in the 'Tomorrow’s World’ field at Bestival with pink face painting, cakes, merchandise and a large interactive 'Play your Cards Right’ game with a chance to win tickets to next year’s Bestival.
Other events include a Pink Quiz Night at the Inn on the Green, Newclose County Cricket Ground on September 25 at 8pm, a Bowl a Strike with Pink on Wight at Ryde Superbowl on September 28 at 7.30pm and a zumba party at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on September 29 between 11am and 1.30pm.