Mum lives on in cancer fight

Sisters Angela Piscitelli (Hamilton Hill),Jacqui Bransby (Parkwood) and Andrea Piscitelli (Keysbrook).
Sisters Angela Piscitelli (Hamilton Hill),Jacqui Bransby (Parkwood) and Andrea Piscitelli (Keysbrook).

The three sisters formed the Yvonne Baker Foundation in 2006, in honour of their mum, and held a breakfast the following year to raise money for the WA Cancer Council.

The fundraising breakfast went on to became an annual event which proved to be so popular that the sisters are now considered as one of the WA Cancer Council’s most important private donors, having raised $130,000 so far.

‘Our mum was everything to us and we wanted to do something to remember her,’ Mrs Bransby said.

‘At our first breakfast (held at Glen Iris Country Club in Jandakot) 80 people turned up, who were friends and family, but each year it has just got bigger.

‘Now people are coming along, who didn’t know her but still want to give something back by donating to the WA Cancer Council.’

Each year the breakfasts have sold out, with up to 350 people attending in recent years.

The events include a guest speaker and a range of additional fundraising activities, such as the sisters shaving their heads and auctioning their husbands off.

Guests also go home with a goodie bag full of donated prizes.

Mrs Bransby said her mum only met three of her nine grandchildren before she died at the age of 65, but all the grandchildren are actively involved in keeping their grandmother’s memory alive by speaking at the breakfast each year, handing out gifts and collecting money for raffles.

‘It’s important that they know what kind of person she was.’