STUDENTS and professionals raised more than $1000 in just a few hours on Thursday as part of a Pink Ribbon fund-raiser and cancer awareness day at Navitas English in Cabramatta.
About 300 students from the Adult Migrant English Program dressed in pink for a morning tea and gathered for a talk from a guest speaker about the early detection of breast cancer.
This was translated to help students who spoke English as a second language.
An English teacher at the centre, Alma Ledwidge, shared her personal struggle with breast cancer.
She took nine months off work to recuperate and started back four weeks ago strong and healthy.
"I told the students I was living proof that cancer is not always fatal if it is detected early," Ms Ledwidge said.
"I also told students donating was part of Australian culture and that Australians are very charitable.
"Donating is not for individuals but for further research in the field. The emphasis is on self examination and early detection," she said.
Skills for education and employment team leader Penny Dellimanolis said they hosted the "I love Pink Day" in honour of Ms Ledwidge and every other woman who has had to battle breast and gynaecological cancers.