Parkes is a great town for getting behind ideas and the new committee formed for the Pink Up Parkes initiative in October is no exception.
When Mayor Ken Keith was approached about the event he said: “I think we should do that to support our local McGrath Breast Care nurse Di Green.”
Ken opened the inaugural meeting last Thursday affirming support of Di and the McGrath Foundation, while Di gave an overview of her role in our community. Her contract is renewed every three years and funding for that comes from community events.
There are already major events planned for October, and the idea is to give them a pink flavour. The month will begin with a Pink Morning Tea and field of Pink Women and continue with events including Central West Car Club’s Street Meet, Open Gardens, Antique Motor Club Swap Meet, Show ‘n Shine Car Show, Henry Awards, Marbles Championships and a Pink Paddle Event with Parkes Dragon Boat Club. In addition shops will be encouraged to Pink Up and schools invited to hold Pink Up mufti days.
One in eight women in the Parkes and Forbes Shires will be affected by breast cancer. “It’s all these events that add up to my funding,” said Di, who is a vital resource for breast cancer sufferers and needs the whole community to get behind Pink Up Parkes in October.
By Beth Thomas