'Tops Off' for Breast Cancer research
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'Tops Off' for Breast Cancer research

By Shannons - 08 September 2015

Shannons are urging motoring enthusiasts around Australia to ‘Take their Tops Off’ to raise funds for Beast Cancer Research.

The idea, which originated in Hobart, is to invite enthusiasts with convertible motor vehicles to display their prized possession at local ‘Show & Shine’ events held in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania during October – National Breast Cancer Month.

Cars ranging in age from early 1900s Veteran and Vintage to Classics and modern day prestige and sporting vehicles such as Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce are all invited to attend.

Regular ‘daily-driven’ convertibles such as Audi, BMW, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Volkswagen and Volvo are also welcome to attend and drop their tops, irrespective of their owners being directly involved in the car club movement.

The unique feature of each ‘Tops Off’ show is that spectators are encouraged to buy a $2.00 ‘pink’ National Breast Cancer Foundation ribbon and place it in front of the vehicle of their choice.

 At the end of the day, the vehicle with the most ‘pink’ ribbons wins the People’s Choice award, which in Hobart is a pink personalised number plate.

Participants are also encouraged to wear ‘pink’ and/or theme their vehicle or picnic lunch accordingly.

Since its inception three years ago, the ‘Tops Off’ days have raised and donated more than $10,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The money will be used to fund research and raise awareness of this disease that affects one in eight women in their lifetime and more than 140 men each year.

The dates and locations of the individual State ‘Shannons Tops Off’ events are:

VICTORIA - Sunday 18 October
Manhatten Hotel
Corner Canterbury and Heatherdale Roads
10.00am - 2.30pm
QUEENSLAND - Saturday 24 October
Seafront Oval
Charlton Esplanade
10.00am - 2.30pm
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Sunday 18 October
Whiteman Park
99 Lord Street
9.00am - 3.00pm
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Saturday 31 October
National Auto Motor Museum
Shannon Street
10.00am - 4.00pm
(NOTE: $15.00 per vehicle entry fee)
TASMANIA - Saturday 17 October
Parliament House Lawns
10.00am - 3.00pm

Individuals can also donate directly to the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Visit nbcf.org.au and simply click on the ‘One-off’ donation option.