Details of this years event TBC.
Recfishwest and Breast Cancer Care WA are teaming up again to deliver the 4th Purple Fly Fishing Program.
Each year in Australia over 13,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and one in eight women in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast Cancer Care WA is a Western Australian charity that provides personalised emotional, practical and financial support to people affected by breast cancer.
Recfishwest and the fly fishing experts at WATFAA (West Australian Trout and Freshwater Angling Association ) will descend on the picturesque Clover Cottage, on the banks of the Warren River in Manjimup, to teach ladies from Breast Cancer Care WA the art of fly fishing.
The motion of fly casting has been proven to be beneficial for recovery for women who have undergone surgery or radiation treatment for breast cancer. The gentle casting motion helps to promote soft tissue stretching and improve joint mobility for women recovering from surgery and those managing lymphedema.
Breast Cancer Care WA support staff volunteer their time for the breast cancer clients for this program, and currently the program is funded by a Recfishwest Community Grant. There are also plenty of community partners who donate goods and services to make the program as enjoyable as possible for the ladies.
The program offers participants a hands-on introduction to fly fishing and an opportunity to get outdoors while learning a unique form of fishing that can aid in their recovery.
For many of the ladies, it is their first time participating in any form of fishing!
Wellness and mindful activities accompany the fishing, with fishing highlight’s arising as the dams come to life with Rainbow Trout firing up and providing the ladies with some fishing excitement!!
Breast Cancer Care WA receive no government funding and their activities are entirely reliant on the generosity of the Western Australian community. It is famous for the charity event Purple Bra Day, and the iconic Long Table Lunch raising funds and awareness for breast cancer clients.