Head-to-toe, wall-to-wall. Paint Port Augusta Pink lived up to it’s name over the weekend, with event goers wholeheartedly embracing the theme.
Pink cakes, pink hair, pink decorations and even pink bread for the sausage sizzle.
The not-for-profit organisation Port Augusta Cares managed to raise over $1500 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. However, the total won’t be finalised until the raffle is drawn at the end of the month.
Tiffany and Chantelle Oldfield are the brains behind the operation, hoping to prove that Port Augusta really does care.
“We would just like to thank everyone who came down on the day – all of the amazing volunteers and all of the amazing donors – because the day wouldn’t have happened without peoples generosity and their time,” Chantelle said.
Held at Mayhem Fitness, the gym was transformed into a mini pink breast cancer convention centre.
While there were cakes and clothes for sale, a big emphasis was placed on education and services available to women and men who have been diagnosed.
“It was important for us to educate people and any funds we could raise were a bonus,” Chantelle explained.
“We really wanted to put an emphasis on early detection and the story of a survivor to give people an idea of what people and their families go through.”
Frank Woolfe, husband of breast cancer survivor Jodae Woolfe, made a donation of $600 to the grand total from the sale of his quirky stickers. He also spoke about his experience as the spouse of someone dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Whyalla’s Wig Lending Library, the Bra Lady, Breast Care Nurse Judith Finlay and breast cancer survivor Jane Pool were also on hand to lend their advice and expertise.
“We would just like to thank everyone who came down on the day, all of the amazing volunteers and all of the amazing donors,” Chantelle said.
“The day wouldn’t have happened without people’s generosity and their time. We are very lucky that Port Augusta does care.
“We said all along that if we can just help one person, one family – whether it’s knowing that there are services available, or how to correctly check themselves then that’s what matters.”
Port Augusta expat Jane pool was diagnosed five years ago after finding a lump in her left breast.
She shared her story with a room full of captivated listeners and answered questions about her journey.
“One in eight women suffer from breast cancer, that’s a really significant number and we do tend to think about breast cancer being an older persons disease and its not necessarily an old person's disease,” she said.
“Just trying to get the message across to all people – men and women – that it’s really important that you check your breasts. And if you find something or see something that doesn’t seem quite right, then you do something about that.”
Chantelle and Tiffany plan to expand Port Augusta Cares in the future and hope to throw similar events in a bid to educate and raise money for a variety of different cancer foundations.