For the past 13 years, Mrs Hicks has worked as a volunteer co-ordinator at the Pink Ribbon stall in Kwinana Marketplace.
With more volunteers than ever needed for this year’s Pink Ribbon Day in October she is encouraging people to help shake the fundraising buckets and sell merchandise in shopping centres across Perth and regional WA.
The annual Pink Ribbon Appeal raises awareness about breast and gynaecological cancers, as well as funds, through October to support thousands of women in Australia and their families affected by the cancers.
It is a subject with which Mrs Hicks is all too familiar.
She lost her husband to cancer 14 years ago and she also experienced the loss of her mother, father and mother-in-law.
‘You need to have something to work for and cancer is one of those things,’ she said.
‘Although my family members weren’t affected by breast cancer, I still like to fundraiser for it.
‘I love meeting people and helping a good cause.’
Pink Ribbon event manager Emer Bagge said the Cancer Council relied on volunteers to assist with important fundraising events, which allowed the research to take place and provided support for families.