Throughout the year, BCNA Community Liaisons, Member Groups and members gather together to show support and pay tribute to people in their local community affected by breast cancer and their families.
These tribute events are called Mini-Fields of Women. They centre on an exhibition of 100 Pink Lady silhouettes planted in the ground or on display, and often include a simple ceremony. Family and friends are invited to write personal messages to be displayed on the silhouettes.
Every community presents their Mini-Field of Women tribute event in their own way. Over the years, BCNA has seen a wonderful variety of distinctive events. Some big, some small, some public, some private. They can even be part of other local events e.g. Farmers Markets, Showdays.
BCNA provides Pink Lady silhouettes and decorations at no cost. These events can also have an optional fundraising component such as collection tins and BCNA merchandise that can be purchased through BCNA. A special merchandise pack is also available containing a selection of BCNA merchandise.
How you can get involved
Find a Mini-Field of Women event in your community
Hold a Mini-Field of Women event
It's simple - Just follow these steps:
- Gather a small group of helpers together.
- Set a date and time of day (any time or date that suits you).
- Register your event by completing the Mini-Fields of Women registration form.
- Prior to your event you will receive the 'Event in a box' at no cost, which includes 100 pink lady silhouettes, BCNA information and brochures advertising our free resources, helpful hints for running your event, and extra pink items to help with the decorating.
"Our first Mini-Field was a roaring success. It was moving but at the same time a lot of fun to run. Many women put their names down to become involved in our newly formed breast cancer support group." --Margaret.
Useful tips for holding your Mini-Field
- Don't take on more than you can handle, keep it simple and manageable.
- For public events, choose a location that is visible. If you are using council or private land, seek approval for use early (i.e. 6 - 8 weeks ahead).
- If you plan to have guest speakers, confirm them at least 6 to 8 weeks out.
- Use invitation template to spread the word about your event. Get your invitations out early and give yourself plenty of time to promote your Mini-Field within your community.
- Seek support from friends and family to help stage your Mini-Field. It can be a big job and more hands make light work.
- Use the Media Release template to promote your event through local media.
- Use the checklist, certificate and form in the Mini-Field guidelines to plan your event.
- Hold a healthy breakfast, morning or afternoon tea.
- Picnic or BBQ with friends.
- A private event in a woman's home.
- Morning tea or lunch in local cafe.
- Walk through local community to plant silhouettes in public gardens, local parks or sporting ovals, round-a-bouts or private gardens.
- Candle lighting ceremony or silent walk.
- Window display of Pink Lady silhouettes at Community Health Centre, hospital, local shopping centre or your local fitness centre.
- Lap of Honour of local park.
- Roll-call of breast cancer survivors to celebrate life.
- A Tai Chi session or other relaxation exercises in the park.
- Poetry readings
- For inspiration, see photos from past Mini-Field events or read some of our women's Mini-Field experiences
- If you have any questions about holding your Mini-Field of Women download the Q&As or contact us:
Email Marita: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 1800 500 258