The Pink Up Mudgee 2016 contributions to the McGrath Foundation have been officially recognised by the co-founder and president of the fundraiser.
Australian cricketing great Glenn McGrath arrived in the Mudgee region on Saturday to unveil the campaign plaque – which has been mounted on pink granite in Lawson Park by the Mid-Western Regional Council.
Mudgee was the first town in Australia to ‘Pink Up’ and raise funds and awareness for breast care nurses in Australia. In 2017, the initiative now covers eight towns in NSW.
Unveiling the plaque, Glenn explained his close ties to the region.
“It’s always great to come back home, I’m a Narromine/Dubbo boy and I always go through Mudgee on my way home,” he told Pink Up supporters.
“There are some family ties here, when the McGrath’s moved out from Northern Ireland in 1863 they moved to Mudgee, so it’s nice to be here.”
Glenn explained the McGrath Foundation has 118 breast care nurses, “the driving force of the Foundation is that every family, every individual experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse where they live.”
The driving force of the Foundation is that every family, every individual experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse where they live.Glenn McGrath
“We’ve done a needs assessment which shows we’re 79 nurses shy of covering the whole of the country. The majority of our nurses are in rural and regional Australia, like Di Thomas here in Mudgee.
“We’re now finding shortages in the outer areas of major cities, so we’ve come a long way but we still have a little way to go, but the support has been absolutely incredible.”