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Pink power to return

Tuesday, 21st July, 2015

Broken Hill Breast Cancer Support Group members (left) Kerri Baker and Leann Clogg with RDA Far West’s CEO Michael Williams getting ready for Pink October. Broken Hill Breast Cancer Support Group members (left) Kerri Baker and Leann Clogg with RDA Far West’s CEO Michael Williams getting ready for Pink October.

By Emily Roberts

After an overwhelmingly successful Pink October last year, organisers are keen to get the ball rolling again.

The Broken Hill Breast Cancer Support Group and Broken Hill Proud Committee are once again asking locals to “help them paint the town pink”.

The month of October is ‘National Breast Cancer Awareness’ month.

The ‘Paint Our Town Pink’ event was first organised last year with pink decorations, pink polo tops and many businesses going pink.

The event is aimed at raising community awareness and at the same time celebrate and support the local survivors and their families.

One of the organisers Leann Clogg said last year’s fundraiser was a huge success.

“We were overwhelmed by the response,” she said.

“The awareness campaign is not just aimed at Breast Cancer, we will be encouraging everyone to support all types of cancer affecting our community.”

Throughout October, you can participate by buying a pink polo shirt, which cost $30 each, decorate your shop front/window, change your lighting to pink, encourage your employees to wear pink and decorate the city with pink items.

One in eight women are currently diagnosed with this disease, whether it’s a friend, mother, sister, daughter or wife, everyone is affected.

“With this in mind we are hoping to have 1,000 polo shirts available to the general public and would encourage businesses to place your order as soon as possible,” Leann said.

“Polo shirts are available in various sizes, however orders need to be placed with Regional Development Australia, Blende Street by Thursday, August 24 to ensure delivery by October 1.”

Another organiser, Kerri Baker said some people were disappointed they missed out on the polo shirts last year.

“We need them ordered and paid for before we can place the order,” she said.

“We are very appreciative the RDA has come on board to help us again.”

She said there won’t be a ball this year, but they will plan some other activities.

“We hope to have the ball every two years.”

The Breast Cancer Support group will also be selling pink rosettes as decorations.

“We are hoping this event can be bigger and better than last year,” Leann said.

“We encourage everyone to wear pink and organise events.”

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