The recent Parkes Combined Services Dinner turned pink in support of the Pink Up Parkes drive this month and raised a good sum for the McGrath Foundation.
Hosted by the Parkes Action Club at the Parkes Services Club, the dinner was supported by members from Quota, Rotary, Action Club, View Club and the CWA. A lively fines session rounded off the evening with a total of $750 raised to support our town’s McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Dianne Green.
Dianne was also invited to speak about breast cancer in our region, her role in the Parkes Shire and the different funding models of McGrath Nurses. She explained that the Parkes McGrath position was funded from community donations alone.
Marguerite Burns and Caroline Rice spoke about their experiences with breast cancer. “Breast cancer is not only a women’s issue,” said Dianne. “It is important that men are also breast aware, as there have been men in our community requiring the support of a McGrath Nurse.”
A Pink Up Parkes event is a great way for the whole community to come together and support breast awareness, breast cancer research and breast cancer nurses.
All community groups, businesses, schools and individuals can still get involved by attending or hosting their own pink event in October. (See page 6 for all the events this month.)