Olive Branch of Hope Hosts 8th Fundraising Gala

“An Evening of Love” is the theme for this year’s Eighth Annual Olive Branch of Hope Fundraising Gala. It was chosen in recognition of the concept that Love is the Key to Life. Many of the women affected and afflicted by breast cancer are both lonely and stressed. The feeling of being unloved is ever present.

This year’s event will be characterized by love and offer the experience of feeling both loved and accepted.

Two-time breast cancer survivor and former Bell Canada Vice President, Carol Ann Cole, will deliver the keynote address. Cole has authored two books – the best-selling memoir, Comfort Heart (2001) and Lessons Learned. She is currently working on a third publication.

Funds raised by the Gala will be used to provide unique programs and support services to women who have been unable to find support and/or acceptance through the mainstream healthcare and social service agencies, due to cultural and other factors.

The Olive Branch of Hope, a non-profit, community-based charity, was established to provide support and services for women of colour and their families, whose lives have been changed by cancer. In addition, they support research initiatives geared towards the eradication of breast cancer. Since its inception, the organization has also continued playing a critical role in helping healthcare practitioners gain an increased understanding of the challenges peculiar to women of colour who are diagnosed with breast cancer – and how best to accommodate them. These services are provided by a group of committed volunteers, at no charge to participants.

The overall goals of the Olive Branch of Hope are to educate the public and increase awareness of the disease and its effects – while also providing necessary social, emotional and spiritual support for victims and their families. They do this by hosting regular seminars, workshops and conferences, as well as participating in activities that stress the importance of early detection.

The 8th annual Olive Branch of Hope Fundraising Gala takes place on Saturday, April 4, at Paradise Banquet Hall and Convention Center, 7601 Jane Street, in Concord. Tickets are $65 before March 15 and $75 thereafter. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

For more information, call 416-256-3155, e-mail: olivebranch@theolivebranch.ca, or visit: www.theolivebranch.ca.

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