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Greens rosy with breast cancer fundraiser

THE bowling green turned pink last Sunday in an attempt to get local woman Nicky Iwers to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro ... and it's for a good cause.

The $1841.10 raised at last week's Charity Bowls Day was a helpful addition to the $10,000 Ms Iwers hopes to raise for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

However, Ms Iwers is not alone in her journey and in November she will join 15 others from around Australia to take on the challenge of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.

Together the group has raised $80,000 for their efforts of scaling all 5895m of Africa's highest mountain.

Ms Iwers, who works full time, has dedicated the past few months to training for the challenges that lay ahead, though admits it hasn't all been smooth sailing.

"I've actually had a few injuries so far," she said.

"I've had a hip issue for about two years but I decided it wasn't going to stop me.

"I hired a personal trainer who has been working to get my hip in shape.

"I also hike for four or five hours each weekend with my backpack on, I do running up Christensen St and then I usually walk for a couple of hours on other days."

Up to 87 bowlers took to the green at Pialba Bowls Club on Sunday, each donning pink costumes to highlight her cause.

"Since I started on June 1, I have been raising money through my fundraising site online but this was the first fundraiser event I have put together," Ms Iwers said.

"It was a really great day. We had plenty of men dressed in pink dresses and other people wearing pink wigs and hats."

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