PINKFIT – 10 Years Strong Supporting Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

BRHS’ McGrath Breast Care Nurse Di Gibbs, and East Gippsland Shire’s Fitness Leader Ann Verdolini at the PINKFIT 10th anniversary celebration.


The PINKFIT exercise group, which since 2009 has been helping women in this community diagnosed with breast cancer stay healthy and active, celebrated its 10-year anniversary on April 4.

The (excellently-named) PINKFIT was first launched as the Prepare to Paddle Program, thanks to a grant from the Polo Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Campaign.

It aimed to help women improve their fitness and wellbeing, increase their knowledge about healthy eating, and also to prepare women to take part in Dragon Boat races!

Since 2009 there has been more research done to support that regular exercise improves both physical and emotional health, which is beneficial for general wellbeing after a cancer diagnosis.

The PINKFIT ladies say how much better they feel when exercising regularly, and that they enjoy the encouragement and support of others.

Dragon Boating activities are now well established in Sale and Bairnsdale, with breast cancer survivors and supporters joining the Gippsland Waratahs, a registered Dragons Abreast Team that encourages involvement and support of people who have experienced breast cancer.

As well as paddling in many of our local waterways many of the members have represented our area paddling interstate and overseas.

Research indicates that regular exercise helps women manage some of the physical side effects of breast cancer treatment such as fatigue, lymphoedema and pain.

Over time, regular exercise can help to improve body weight and muscle strength, which may also boost body image and self-confidence.

There is some research now showing that staying physically active and being at your healthiest weight are important factors in reducing the risk of breast cancer recurring.

Any women that have had a cancer diagnosis and that would like to actively improve their health are invited to get involved with PINKFIT.

For more information about PINKFIT contact Dianne Gibbs at BRHS’s Ross Street Campus at or 5152 0230.