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Thursday, 14 November 2013
Page: 322


Mrs GRIGGS (Solomon) (13:49): I rise today to raise awareness about an organisation close to my heart. Last Tuesday, BRAS NT was launched. BRAS NT brings together a number of organisations that look after cancer sufferers, including the Cancer Council, NT Breast Cancer Voice, Dragons Abreast NT, Encore, Belladonnas and Flamingo Belles. The establishment of this overarching body to support the Territory's multiple cancer-focused organisations is another example of the Top End's strong community spirit coming to the fore.

BRAS NT wants to strengthen services, assist communications and improve outcomes for people impacted by breast cancer in the Territory. Under the alliance, organisations will work together to promote the development and delivery of quality services and treatment opportunities for Territory women. It will also identify possible changes to the delivery of breast cancer services as well as the development of breast cancer treatments.

BRAS NT is supported by many fantastic women such as my good friend Penny LaSette, who ran the launch and lunch last Tuesday. Penny is a fantastic advocator for women with breast cancer and will be a fine asset to BRAS NT, as will the other tireless volunteers, without whom this organisation would not exist. Congratulations to them. I look forward to all Territorians supporting this wonderful organisation.