01 October 2018
The town of Orroroo will turn Pink this October to support Cancer Council SA and raise awareness of women’s cancers.
Like countless regional South Australian communities, the town of Orroroo, home to just 537 people, has seen the impact of cancer firsthand. Many in the small community have either been though a cancer diagnosis themselves, or seen the disease impact friends and loved ones.
This October, the community are fighting back, turning Pink throughout the month to raise funds and awareness for women’s cancers.
‘Paint Orroroo Pink’, an initiative of the Orroroo Regional Tourism Group, will see the town become a sea of pink, with events throughout the month and countless fundraising initiatives, from Raffles to fashion parades, fetes, cake stalls and fundraising breakfasts.
Regional Tourism Group Representative Joy Ford says that the response from local businesses has been absolutely amazing.
“Like a number of regional communities, we’ve had a really bad season for crops, so the initiative was our way of helping to boost morale with the hope that it would change the conversation in the town”
“We can’t believe how amazing the response has been from local businesses—what started as a small idea has grown in leaps and bounds. Almost every business and community group has got involved in some way.”
“From the local IGA and Gumtree Cafe, who are donating the proceeds of every strawberry milkshake to Cancer Council SA and Maggies Rendezvous who are baking biscuit dolls dressed in pink, to Blackrock Farm Garden and Food, who are hosting an all-day grazing table and garden tour, everyone has stepped up and showed their support.”
The fundraising festival concludes with a Pink Ribbon Breakfast on Sunday, 28 October at the Orroroo Hotel which will see the town come together and celebrate cancer survivors while being treated to a gourmet breakfast.
A cervical cancer survivor herself, Joy said that she is hoping that through the events, the local community will be able to make a difference and help others touched by cancer, not only in their small town but across South Australia.
“I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1982 when I was just 26 years of age. My mother has also been diagnosed with breast cancer, so we have definitely seen the impact of the disease first hand.”
“Since my diagnosis, I’ve had my ups and downs, but have remained cancer free. It’s good to know that there’s organisations out there like Cancer Council SA to provide support, which makes the money we raise even more important.”
With October 1 marking the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Council is urging women around Australia to get together and raise awareness for women’s cancers by hosting a Girls’ Night In or a Pink Ribbon event.
Every day in Australia, around 60 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer – these women are our mothers, our grandmas, daughters, sisters, and friends. Sadly, every day around 12 Australian women will die from a women's cancer.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size said through hosting a Pink or Girls’ Night In event, we can all make a huge difference.
“Breast and gynaecological cancers touch most people in one form or another – directly or through the experience of someone they know.
“Funds raised will help fund Cancer Council’s vital research into women’s cancers, prevention and advocacy programs, and support services to help those affected at every stage of their journey.”
For more information, or to host an event, visit girlsnightin.com.au.