NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Cassey Assink, Danielle Grant and Sharday Cable-Ranapia are encouraging women to come along to a Wellness evening fundraiser in early May, where there will be some fascinating speakers, entertainment, food and prizes on offer. Photo Troy Baker D9647-05

A NIGHT of enlightenment, entertainment and fundraising is on the cards at a Women’s Wellness evening in May.

The evening, on May 2 at Coastlands, has been organised by Danielle Grant, who runs the Breast Self NZ Facebook page, with the support of Casey Assink, of The Heirloom Event Styling, and the night promises to be an exciting one – with fascinating speakers, good food and entertainment and spot prizes.

“After sharing my journey on social media, then the Beacon published an article on June 4 about my prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, it encouraged conversations around breast health to happen between other women and myself anywhere and everywhere,” Danielle says.

“I have loved that, by me talking, it has given an opening for other women to also speak to me about themselves. It got me thinking, surely there must be something else I can do to get more people thinking and help the charities that support women with breast and other cancers.

“That is where the idea for the Your Breast Self-Wellness Evening fundraiser was born.”
Danielle says the night will be one of immense value and include four guest speakers, qualified in their areas of health and wellbeing, who will share their knowledge on a range of topics relevant to women of all ages.

Funds raised will go toward buying 10 copies of the book Dear Boobs to gift to Eastern Bay business waiting rooms to get more women thinking about breast health. Remaining funds will be divided between the Breast Cancer Foundation of New Zealand and the Cancer Society.

Guest speakers include dietitian Sara Widdowson, founder of Your Monthly Club, who will discuss hormone health. She will answer questions about what a normal cycle is, why hormones are about more than fertility and how can you support hormone health across your lifetime. She will also give nutrition tips for hormone health.

Dream Teams Aotearoa team builder Courtney Papuni will share, “I AM, the story I told myself that kept me locked in fear,” and Emily Searle will talk about her book, Dear Boobs, a collection of letters from women who have undergone surgery due to breast cancer or BRCA to their breasts.

Emily, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, will share information about writing to heal.

Also speaking at the evening is Samantha Barr, the founder of Revigour and a lightning process practitioner, neuro-linguistic programming master and clinical hypnotherapist.

Samantha will talk about the brain-body connection, examining what research suggests is medical science’s biggest breakthrough and how we can influence it by understanding how the brain and body interact.

Danielle says she has been fortunate to have the support of some very passionate businesswomen for the event.

One of these women is Sharday Cable-Ranapia, who lost her husband Joshua to Ewing-sarcoma, or bone cancer, in June last year, when he was only 24.

“We had so much support from the community and family and friends and I am just wanting to give back in any way I can and raise awareness and funds,” she says.

She says the Cancer Society was a huge help, organising the family accommodation while Joshua was receiving treatment in Tauranga.

“They would drop off meals and sort out everything for us.”

The evening will also include gourmet nibbles from Cracked Pepper Catering, and a choice of an ORA Juice or AIO Botanical tea. There will also be live entertainment and lots of giveaways.

The event is being held at the Baptist Church in Keepa Road, Whakatane on May 2. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets are $60 from White Gold (cash only), or email