Huge fundraising effort by Pink Up Port Pirie

GOOD CAUSE: Pink Up Port Pirie committee members Ros Mayfield, left, Trish Rollins, Kate Taylor, Judy Baldwin and Helen Size display the funds' tally from October.
GOOD CAUSE: Pink Up Port Pirie committee members Ros Mayfield, left, Trish Rollins, Kate Taylor, Judy Baldwin and Helen Size display the funds' tally from October.

Port Pirie turned "pink" and "dug deep" in October.

It was Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a fundraising campaign known as Pink Up Port Pirie.

Organisers can now say that an amazing $10,360 was raised during the month.

It came from a trading table at Port Pirie Producers' Market, a cake stall at BankSA, lucky squares, raffles, events held by schools, business and personal donations and a High Tea featuring author Trish Stringer at the golf club. The Pink Up Port Pirie Committee thanked the entire community for its support and for raising awareness about breast cancer. The money will go to the McGrath Foundation which provides a free service to breast-cancer patients around Australia, including in Port Pirie.

Our McGrath breast-care nurse, Ros Mayfield, said the fundraising had been part of a national Pink Up Your Town initiative.

The announcement of the fundraising tally coincided with the Pink Ball Adelaide Test cricket match. The match was attended by Glenn McGrath, the husband of the late Jane McGrath who started the foundation.

During the Pink Up month in Port Pirie, volunteers decorated City Park with pink knitted items and bunting.

Ellen Street and Florence Street featured pink bows tied around trees as well as on tourism icons, the old railway wheels.

On October 13, the stall was set up at the market and volunteers and survivors stood in the shape of the McGrath symbol in the next-door park for an aerial photograph by drone operator Kim Mavromatis. The volunteers and supporters then marched around the city block displaying their "awareness" banner. About 25 marchers waved placards and wore pink ponchos.

Mayor Leon Stephens told the crowd at the time that the foundation had 132 breast-care nurses nationally to help "incredibly brave" women.

"Thank you and God bless you for all the work you do," he said.

The High Tea featured a fashion parade by Soul.

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