Written By: Hayley Bradbrook
Lions and tigers and bears oh my!
Well minus the bears, but add some zebra’s and you’ve got Boobyball: Paradise City!
Charity Rethink Breast Cancer held their 15th annual Boobyball fundraiser on October 14th at REBEL nightclub to help raise money for those affected by breast cancer. The event was originally launched in 2002 by a group of young women who wanted to support their friend Sarah O’Regan, after she was diagnosed with an aggressive, advanced stage four cancer at just 23 years old.
Photo: Ryan Emberly
In the past 14 years Boobyball has raised over $13.8 million for Rethink Breast Cancer. Their mission is to empower young women who are concerned or affected by breast cancer. It was founded by MJ DeCouteau after losing her mother to the illness at 22 years old. Rethink is the first Canadian charity to bring awareness of breast cancer to women under their 40’s with sass, and style.
The venue transformed into a tropical jungle, where guests and the stars danced the night away. Boobyball is everything you would want and more. It included a nail salon, free food & drinks, photo booth, makeup application, to even a ball pit (which I gotta admit was one of the highlights of the night!)
Photo: Ryan Emberly
“This was an incredible honour because Boobyball was actually the very first event I went to when I moved to Toronto after winning the VJ Search. So when they asked me two years ago to come on and be a community member it just felt like a full circle moment and I’m so proud to be a part of it.” The Montreal native also opened up about what she wants people to take away from this event: “It’s all about spreading the word, spreading awareness that breast cancer can effect lots of people younger and older. Even some men get breast cancer. It’s all about talking about it and doing it in a fun way that people don’t shy away from the subject matter”.
Other stars attending included Degrassi actors Sarah Fishe, Luke Bilyk, Bachelorette Canada host Noah Cappe. All expressed the importance of spreading the word about breast cancer and the cause.
But it wasn’t just all talk about breast cancer. Canadian actress and Room star Amanda Brugel told us about Suicide Squad and the fun atmosphere on set. “It was unbelievable; I’ve never been a part of a machine like it. Will Smith was wonderful and he had an entertainment tent, so in between takes we would go play basketball, Cara Delevigne played a couple times, it was nuts! Such a surreal magical wonderful experience that I will never forget!”
Photo: Tony Cicero
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