Update | Monday, November 27
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The Pink Up Campaign hit the fundraising target of $200,000 on Friday with a last minute donation.
Rob Cutrupi from Virgo Security donated an addition $1,500 to reach the region’s goal for the McGrath Foundation.
Pink Up committee member Hugh Bateman explained, “we did it”.
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Funds are still coming in from the region’s Pink Up campaign in October, but the initial count has the fundraising total just shy of the $200,000 target.
On Friday, Pink Up committee member Hugh Bateman was presented with a cheque for $10,827 from Thunderbird Ag taking the initial count to $198,500.
The Thunderbird Ag funds were raised from custom made pink gate handles.
“It’s a huge chunk of money from one company,” Hugh said.
“For a company like that to throw their heart and sole behind it, as many other businesses have in the town, is just amazing.
“Obviously, it has been supported nationally by farmers from the east coast right across to the west coast.”
Thunderbird Ag company manager Dave Smith said they donated $1 from the sale of every pink handle.
“They embraced the pink, the participation was fantastic. We now have pink gate handles right across Australia, containing livestock,” he said.
Rylstone and Kandos collected $15,925 for the Pink Up campaign, Gulgong raised $23,368 and Mudgee has so far reached $51,200.
The Pink Royale Ball on October 7 at Parklands Resort raised $75,000.
Hugh is calling for the return of the pink collection boxes, so the final tally can be revealed.
“Some of the pink boxes are still in businesses and there just might be another $1,500 hanging around in one of the stores.”
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