This year’s Pink Up Penrith campaign has raised more than $100,000 to help fund McGrath Foundation nurses at Nepean Hospital.
It brings the total raised by Penrith’s annual Pink Up initiative to some $360,000.
This year saw an overwhelming display of solidarity from various sectors of our community, resulting in a series of impactful events and initiatives that furthered the crucial message of breast cancer awareness.
The campaign was recognised at Monday night’s Penrith Council meeting, with Mayor Todd Carney saying the funds raised make a significant difference in the local community.
“Six years ago, there were no dedicated Breast Cancer Nurses at Nepean, and today there are four. More than 1,400 local breast cancer patients and their families have been cared for by these nurses throughout their journey,” he said.
“I want to congratulate Pink Up Penrith’s President and Ambassador Gai Hawthorn and her team for a stellar result this year. It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare for these events, and to get the community on board.
“Our City’s giving businesses, big and small, as well as our schools and local organisations who have supported the charity also deserve a special mention. Whether it’s thousands of dollars or a spare gold coin, every cent counts and I am proud to be Mayor of such a generous community.”
Deputy Mayor Mark Davies said those involved with Pink Up Penrith were making a huge difference in the community.
“The impact is quite immense and it’s had a significant impact throughout our community,” he said.
“It’s wonderful that they’ve crossed over the $100,000 for this year. The high teas, the golf days, the community events and raffles… I really just want to thank Gai Hawthorn and her team who have done a fabulous job.
“We can see with the generosity that the community has really embraced this campaign.”
Pink Up Penrith will return in 2024.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.