Trundle Pink Ribbon Night raises more than $14,000 despite pandemic

OVERWHELMED: Trundle Pink Ribbon Night organisers Debbie Veale and Carolyn Keep were over the moon when they were able to host the event after all in October, raising a massive $14,000. Photo: Facebook

OVERWHELMED: Trundle Pink Ribbon Night organisers Debbie Veale and Carolyn Keep were over the moon when they were able to host the event after all in October, raising a massive $14,000. Photo: Facebook

It's an event that has very much cemented a permanent place on Trundle's calendar and in the townspeople's hearts.

And Covid-19 wasn't stopping this very big and important cause from going ahead.

The annual Trundle Pink Ribbon Night took place at the Trundle Services and Citizens Club on October 31 and as it does every year, it has raised a phenomenal amount of money towards women's cancer research and the fight for a cancer-free future.

Dressed in their finest pink outfits, the community came together and raised $14,430 on the night.

"We had a lot of laughs as we do! We shared stories and memories, we had tears for we have lost so many," organisers Carolyn Keep and Debbie Veale said on their Facebook page after the event.

"We were all there for one reason and that was to do what our little town of Trundle with the biggest heart in the Central West does best, we raised $14,430 for women's cancers!

"That is just so fantastic, we are so proud. Thank you all so much from Deb and myself and the whole Pink team."

VITAL CAUSE: Bree Kelly from Cancer Council NSW gave a run-down at the October 31 fundraiser on where the money goes and what's available to people if they need some assistance. Photo: Facebook

VITAL CAUSE: Bree Kelly from Cancer Council NSW gave a run-down at the October 31 fundraiser on where the money goes and what's available to people if they need some assistance. Photo: Facebook

The night included karaoke, a pink bar and countless prizes up for grabs, generously donated from the community for the huge raffle and auction.

The women said their "legend" auctioneer Rob Hellyer joined them for a fifth year in a row, working the crowd like "magic and pulled in a fortune" for the cause.

"He's a true champion," they said.

The event began in 2016 and since then has raised more than $70,000.

It appears to be getting bigger and better every year and even with a pandemic in 2020, supporters were still able to generate dollars well into the thousands again.

AUCTION: Artwork that was donated by Original Art by Cheree was up for auction at the Pink Ribbon Night fundraiser. Photo: Facebook

AUCTION: Artwork that was donated by Original Art by Cheree was up for auction at the Pink Ribbon Night fundraiser. Photo: Facebook

The event nearly didn't go ahead this year, like most charity events near and far.

The pink night traditionally is held on the eve of the Trundle ABBA Festival on the first Friday in May.

When the ABBA Festival was postponed to October because of COVID-19 and strict government restrictions on crowds, so too was the Pink Ribbon night.

But the events were eventually cancelled, until the organisers of the pink night were able to go ahead with their fundraiser at the end of last month thanks to easing restrictions and COVID-safe practices in place.