The 2017 Pink Up Griffith month was a roaring success, with a grand total of $75,000 raised during October to support breast cancer nurses and increase cancer awareness.
The total easily eclipses the previous best effort – when $25,000 was raised in 2015.
At a final celebration event at Griffith Real Estate, awards were presented to three groups that excelled during the month:
Yenda Producers – most money raised, $14,927.
Blossoms Florists – best decorated business.
Sikh community – best lit up building, for turning their temple pink during a fund raising dinner.
Every October, Griffith turns itself pink, with GRE and the Griffith Cancer Council behind an initiative where businesses decorate themselves and their staff in pink, and call for donations. All money raised goes to the McGrath Foundation
Pink Up organiser Tony Santolin said, “we doubled the number of businesses who participated this year, with more than 200 coming on board. We had a really big push and are delighted with the results”.
Fiona Shields, the only breast cancer nurse in the MIA, servicing Griffith, Leeton and surrounding areas, said she was blown away with the final total.
We doubled the number of businesses who participated this year, with more than 200 coming on board.
“It’s just amazing to see how the tradies, and the businesses all got involved”.
Ms Shields currently works three days a week, and is hopeful fund raises will enable her to be able to work on a full-time basis.
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