After a successful launch in 2019, raising over $34,000 for the McGrath Foundation, the Pink Up Parkes Committee is thrilled to be working towards another successful month this October.
We are now welcoming Expressions of Interest from the community to be part of our committee. We have two important criteria that you must meet: firstly, you must be passionate about our community, its people, and secondly, you must be a team player.
Our committee works hard on many different projects during October and in the lead up to October and this is only done by working as a team and respecting each other.
Parkes Shire Council Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM, implored residents to get involved.
"Passionate community members who would like to contribute their time to support a fantastic charity, are strongly encouraged to complete the expression of interest and get involved in this wonderful imitative by joining the committee," said Cr Keith.
"We also encourage everyone in the community to start thinking about how they are going to 'Pink Up' their businesses, events, offices, houses, streets etc this October to help raise awareness and funds for the McGrath Foundation."
The link to the EOI can be found via our social media links on facebook and Instagram @pinkupparkes or hard copies may be obtained from the Parkes Shire Library Counter. These need to be submitted by 12pm, Monday, July 5.
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Just in case you are unsure of why we are working to Pink Up Parkes in October, here are a few statistics that drive our volunteers and the community to raise funds and awareness for the Pink Up movements:
- In Australia, one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85.
- It is estimated that 55 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every day. 19,807 women, and 167 men are estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia this year.
- There are currently 162 McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia, who have supported over 95,000 families since 2005.
It costs around $140,000 to fund a McGrath Breast Care Nurse for a year including training and development.
We are fortunate to have a McGrath Breast Care Nurse based in Parkes, supporting patients and their families in Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin, Trundle, Tullamore, Tottenham and Peak Hill.
Di Green has been a McGrath Breast Care Nurse since 2011, a registered nurse since 1989 and she has a Masters in Breast Cancer Nursing.
If you are unable to contribute to our committee, you can: Pink Up Your Business; Pink Up Your School; hold a Pink Up event; fundraise; talk about it with your friends; attend a Pink Up Parkes event; donate and support the campaign on social media.
We hope to have our campaign information online soon. Keep a check on our social media and in the paper.
Please note that our Committee is run by volunteers and we will do our best to provide information ASAP. For further information email email@example.com or contact PUP Secretary, Marg Applebee on 0418 611 053.
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