Parkes Champion Post and 14 others to take part in Pink Up Parkes

PINK POLICE: Parkes Champion Post editor Christine Little will be on pink patrol in October, making sure staff Wendy Allen, Joanne Simpson and Tara Barber are wearing pink.
PINK POLICE: Parkes Champion Post editor Christine Little will be on pink patrol in October, making sure staff Wendy Allen, Joanne Simpson and Tara Barber are wearing pink.

Come October, the "pink police" will be out in force and on patrol - at least it will be inside the Parkes Champion Post office.

It's "operation" Pink Up Parkes for the entire month of October and the Champion Post is among the local businesses getting involved in the McGrath Foundation fundraiser to help fund McGrath breast care nurses and raise awareness.

So far about 15 businesses and groups have signed up to take part in the initiative in some way.

And there are six confirmed events taking place throughout the town during the month, with a few more still in the planning.

"We like to get involved in the community and its causes as much as possible, and we have come up with some ideas on how we can contribute," Champion Post editor Christine Little said.

"October 1 - the first day of Pink Up Parkes - very conveniently falls on a Tuesday for us and we publish on Tuesdays.

"So we're hoping to have a beautiful pink front page to recognise and raise awareness of the start of the town turning pink for the McGrath Foundation.

"We're also hoping to have glimpses of pink featuring in our newspaper throughout the month."

The Champion Post will run an office fundraiser that will last for all of October, where staff will decorate the office pink and will wear something pink to work every day during the month.

And Christine said there's a slight catch.

"If staff aren't wearing pink I will be fining them $1 and I won't be excluded. I have the pink police hat so I will be enforcing the dress code," she laughed.

"I've given them plenty of notice that they need to be wearing something pink, anything pink.

"And we've decided to include our customers and readers in the fun as well if they're happy to take part. Anyone who steps into the Parkes Champion Post office needs to be wearing something pink or I will fine them $1."

Regional Business Supplies in Parkes was the first business to sign up to participate.

With that number now at 15, committee secretary Marg Applebee said they are still keen to have more people involved.

"The Pink Up Parkes Committee is looking for businesses, schools and clubs which are interested," she said.

"We just need them to register so we have record of it."

Among those who have registered, have already locked in a number of events to raise awareness.

The Annual Parkes Combined Services Clubs Dinner, that will take place on Friday, September 27 at the Parkes Services Club, is being treated as a lead-in event for the Pink Up Parkes campaign.

The dinner will feature Parkes McGrath Foundation breast care nurse Di Green and the committee's chairperson Carolyn Rice, who is a breast cancer survivor, as speakers.

A pink Ladies Social Golf day has been planned for October 11, starting at 9am and costing $5; while a Pink Up Parkes Walk and Wellness Morning will take place on October 12, with times and route still to be confirmed.

The Parkes Tennis Club will host a free pink family social tennis evening on Friday, October 18 from 6pm to 8.30pm and a Pink Up Parkes Charity Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 20 from 6pm-10pm at the Parkes Services Club for $50. Tickets are on sale now.

The Henrys - Parkes Business Awards on Friday, October 25 at the Parkes Services Club at 6pm will also be turning pink.

Kicking off on September 7 was the Pink Up Parkes raffle, for which volunteers will be selling tickets at Big W and Woolworths, and will be drawn at the charity dinner.

The Pink Up Parkes committee would like to thank Central West Lachlan Landcare, Parkes Shire Council and the Parkes Chamber of Commerce for their strong and continual support for the campaign.

Be sure to follow Pink Up Parkes on social media for the latest updates and information about upcoming events in October.

To register to get involved, contact Marg Applebee at cwllpo@hotmail.com or 0418 611 053.