The McGrath Foundation has been “blown away” by the efforts of Mudgee and district to highlight breast cancer awareness through “Pink Up Mudgee”, Foundation director Tracy Bevan said on Monday.
As Mudgee’s month of pinkness ended, Ms Bevan said the plan to make Mudgee the first town to turn pink for the whole of October had far exceeded expectations.
“When we first came up with the idea, never did we think it would be as amazing as it has been,” she said.
“Mudgee is the first town in Australia to turn pink and it has blown us away. From the students at the schools, to the BP forecourt and the local stores and businesses, everyone seemed to do their part.
“We are really proud and grateful to everyone involved.”
Ms Bevan said she hoped that other towns would use Mudgee’s experience in future years to “Pink Up” their own towns.
“I think that what ‘Pink Up Mudgee’ has shown is the community spirit,” she said. “The whole community has been involved and I think it’s beautiful to see.”
“Pink Up Mudgee” co-ordinator Kim Gribble of the Mudgee Chamber of Commerce said she has been overwhelmed by the district’s response, from Wilpinjong’s pink dozers and FlyPelican’s pink planes to children selling pink pom poms.
Ms Gribble said many people had commented on the way “Pink Up Mudgee” had brought the community together.
“A huge congratulations to everyone who has gone to so much hard work,” she said. “I think Mudgee is the very best town to show how it’s done.”
Ms Gribble said as well as raising money for McGrath Foundation breast care nurses in rural and regional Australia, the campaign had created conversations about breast cancer.
“To have people talking about breast cancer is such a win,” she said.
The fundraising total and “Pink Up Mudgee” award winners will be announced at the event finale at The Cellar by Gilbert this Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, attended by Tracy Bevan.
Tickets for the evening are still available.
To book tickets to the finale, go to www.trybooking.com/239650.