When Tuakau’s Dianna Aislabie hears her gorgeous granddaughters tell her that they “went to see Daddy at the cemetery today”, it almost breaks her heart all over again.
It’s been 18 months since Dianna’s son-in-law, Anthony Guite, quietly but suddenly slipped away in his sleep. The pain of loss for the entire family is still very raw. Anthony was just 43 years of age.
“Anthony’s death was best described as an adult cot death, where his brain just shut down. Going through the grieving with this small family was almost unbearable,” said Dianna. Whilst Anthony didn’t die of cancer, like many who support the Pink Ribbon appeal, the desire to help others avoid the tragedy of losing someone dear, far too early, has been the motivation behind positive action for Dianna and her widowed daughter Ngaire Guite.
They’ve joined together in business, establishing “Serenity Natural Products”, a company supplying nature based home and body products in an effort to help reduce chemical use. For the month of May, the mother and daughter duo are donating five per cent of all takings to Pink Ribbon, and on Sunday 20 May, they’re going pink and hosting a Pink Ribbon fundraising breakfast at their Tuakau property.
Dianna adds, “I lost both of my parents to cancer and now both of my brothers are going through all sorts of cancer related illnesses.” It’s a situation many can relate to, and with over 3000 breast cancer diagnoses each year in NZ, and 600 deaths, Pink Ribbon is a great cause to get behind.
For details of Dianna and Ngaire’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast, visit their events page on Facebook at Serenity Natural Products. https://www.facebook.com/events/230345171059485