Afternoon tea raises money for McGrath Foundation


COUNCIL GOES PINK: Kate Kroll from the McGrath Foundation, Pink Spirits Hair to Help wig library Co-ordinator Marie Woodfield, Council's Gail Rostig and Pink Spirits President Raelene Williams at the Council afternoon tea.

Friday, October 4, 2019

The City of Whyalla pinked up the Council chamber yesterday as part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Co-ordinated by Gail Rostig and her Council colleagues, an afternoon tea was held in the chamber to raise money for the McGrath Foundations "Pink Up Your Town" Campaign.

The McGrath Foundation is a breast cancer support and education charity in Australia that raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia and increase breast health awareness. Whyalla Pink Spirits is a local breast cancer support group. Normally monies raised in Whyalla stays in Whyalla for the benefit of people from the local area and surrounds. They also run the "Hair to Help" wig library, based at the Whyalla Hospital, and operated on an appointment only basis, for those suffering hair loss from chemotherapy.

The Council chamber event helped kicked off October’s Pink Up Your Town in Whyalla.

The Pink Spirits ladies have already held a movie matinee at the Middleback Arts Centre in August and have set up a stall at the Westland Shopping Centre for several days. They have a sold-out morning tea at Mondialies Café/Restaurant on October 8 and will be on Patterson Street, outside Espresso Cafe on Saturday October 19 and Thursday October 10 and 31 to provide information on breast care and accept donations.

The final event will be a Melbourne Cup luncheon at the Sundowner Hotel on Tuesday November 5 with bookings still available by calling the hotel on 8645 7688.


STAFF SUPPORT: Raelene Williams addresses Council staff during the afternoon tea.

President of Pink Spirits, Raelene Williams thanked Council, in particular Youth Development Officer Gail Rostig, for hosting the event.

“We have had so much support from the community,” Raelene said.

“We’re hoping to raise about $6000 this month for the McGrath Foundation National Fundraiser "

McGrath Foundation nurse Kate Kroll spoke at the Council afternoon tea and explained that most of the money raised during October would help the McGrath Foundation continue its ongoing commitments.

“The money raised by Pink Spirits during the campaign will go to the McGrath Foundation” Kate said.

“Whyalla has one of the 135 McGrath Foundation nurses across Australia and we’re looking to expand so every person experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse.”

Kate said the Council event helped raise the awareness on breast cancer for women and men as it wasn’t only women who can develop breast cancer.

“This is a treatable disease when found early,” Kate said.

“If I could ask everyone one thing, it would be to go home and check your boobs … tell your sisters, aunties and daughters in your family to check their boobs.

“It’s about knowing your body and what’s right for you and if you have concerns see your GP straight away.”


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