The Mid-West will ‘Pink Up’ for the McGrath Foundation as the fundraising event goes region-wide during national Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.
And this year Gulgong and the Rylstone/Kandos area have been invited to join in.
There will be prizes for the ‘Best Dressed Business’ in each of the three areas, plus an overall winner, along with ‘Pink Up Your House’ for residential entries.
This year will also feature the Pink Royale Ball at Parklands Resort on October 7, a vintage casino-themed fundraising evening with special guest Glenn McGrath.
Pink Up’s Hugh Bateman said he’s looking forward to the month and welcoming the two areas.
“They were extremely keen to join, the support from Gulgong to start with is already amazing - from local businesses and from people in general,” he said.
“And last year there were people from Rylstone involved with what was happening in Mudgee.
“There’s quite a lot happening in all three areas.
“Gulgong are doing it on the theme of being flocked, with a lot of pink flamingos around.
“In Mudgee, we’ll be doing something very similar to what we did last year along with the Pink Royale Ball.”
Furthermore, the Pink Up concept has gone further than the local region.
“Last year, Pink Up Mudgee became quite a point of intrigue, to the extent that it gained national recognition,” Mr Bateman said.
“It’s been picked up by other places; Dubbo, Griffith, Albury, Port Stephens, Newcastle, and also in Sydney in Annandale and Newtown.
“It’s extremely gratifying to the extent that people want to be involved.
“The McGrath Foundation is using Mudgee as an example right around the state and in other communities to show how it can be done.
“They were absolutely blown away by not only the generosity of the people of Mudgee but also by the manner with which they embraced the whole concept.”
He added, “the McGrath Foundation is involved with breast care nurses, 117 of them Australia-wide, that’s what they’re about, actually putting people on the ground”.
“They not only assist with the medical side but also with the psychological – they’re there for them and the families.
“They’ve helped something like 60,000 families Australia-wide, costing nearly $12-million a year.
“What we’re doing is not just a fundraising program but also an awareness program, because breast cancer affects people of all ages – it’s totally indiscriminate.”