Gulgong Community News

The business owners of Gulgong have certainly taken on the challenge to Pink Up Gulgong showing support for the McGrath Foundation. Pink is adorning all the shop fronts and even the verandah posts as you walk down Mayne Street.

One shop owner in particular has gone ‘all out’ to pink up her shop because she knows firsthand the wonderful work done by the foundation. Julie Wicks, the owner of Petticoat Rule gift shop in Mayne Street was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2011.

It was a daunting time for Julie and the family caused mainly by the fear of the unknown. Julie received a call from Di Thomas, a breast cancer nurse from Mudgee, who is employed by the McGrath foundation.

Julie said ”Di was wonderful, she answered all my questions, explaining the treatments and medication I had to have and when it came time for my treatment I was aware of everything that was going to happen, this put my mind at ease.

Di was there with me through my recovery and I am now a six year survivor. I can’t speak highly enough of the McGrath Foundation”.

Speaking at a breakfast held earlier in the week Tracy Bevan wife of cricketer Michael Bevan and Co-Founder with Jane McGrath of the McGrath Foundation said she was humbled by the effort and support the town had shown by “Pinking up Gulgong.” Tracy was speaking at a breakfast hosted by Di and Trevor at the Gulgong Ten Dollar Town Motel.

Thirty nine ladies all dressed in pink attended the breakfast to hear Tracy’s moving talk about her friendship with Jane McGrath and her promise to Jane before her death that she would keep the foundation moving forward.

Tracy went on to say that each of the breast cancer nurses costs $390,000 over a three year period to employ and train for the benefit of the breast cancer sufferers.

Jane Stanford, Manager of the Gulgong Branch of the Commonwealth Bank who was one of the sponsors of the morning said she was delighted to be involved in such a worthy cause.

A cheque for $5,000 was presented to Tracy by Kelly Smith of Wilpinjong/Peabody. They also contributed to the lucky door prizes.

McGrath Foundation: McGrath Breast Care Nurses help individuals (and their families) experiencing breast cancer by providing physical, psychological and emotional support. From the time of diagnosis, and throughout treatment, this support is available for free. Whether you’re in the private or public health system, support is available to you if you want it from day one and for as long as you need it. To find out more information or donate visit