McGrath Foundation com­ing to Corowa

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JARRYD BARCA

The McGrath Foundation, cre­ated by Jane McGrath, was es­tab­lished to help sup­port women all over the coun­try who have been touched by breast can­cer.

The foundation’s mis­sion is quite a sim­ple one; to raise money in or­der to place breast care nurses in all com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing ru­ral and re­gional, while also el­e­vat­ing aware­ness into the minds of young Aus­tralian women.

“The McGrath Foundation put breast care nurses into ru­ral and re­gional Aus­tralia, which is where we live, so women don’t have to travel all the way to the city,” Corowa lo­cal and McGrath Foundation fundraiser Kay Blake­ley told The Free Press.

Ms Blake­ley has for years or­gan­ised sev­eral high teas to raise money and give back to the very or­gan­i­sa­tion that gave aid to her late best friend that suc­cumbed to breast can­cer more than a decade ago.

“The pur­pose of the high tea at the RSL Club is to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. It’s go­ing to be a great day and we’re all there for a great cause,” she said.

“It should be a lot of fun. There’s go­ing to be a fair bit of en­ter­tain­ment, a guest speaker, raf­fles, auc­tions and trad­ing ta­bles there to raise money.

“I can’t stress enough that the idea be­hind this event is to raise money and aware­ness, hope­fully we get a nice turnout of lo­cals to come and sup­port the cause.”

Corowa Cur­tains and Decor is one lo­cal re­tail store that has thrown ev­ery ounce of sup­port be­hind the McGrath foundation, go­ing over and above to dec­o­rate the front of their shop in sup­port of the cause.

“It’s great, just fan­tas­tic to walk down the street and see those pink dec­o­ra­tions in the win­dow,” Ms Blake­ley said.

“We get fan­tas­tic sup­port from our lo­cal traders, al­ways do­nat­ing items for the raf­fles and auc­tions. They do it ev­ery year and their sup­port is al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated.

“We al­ways get well in ex­cess of 100 peo­ple so hope­fully this time around the num­bers can again be sub­stan­tial.”

The high tea kicks off at 2.30pm on Sun­day, June 24.

Corowa RSL Club will play host to an­other high tea on Sun­day, June 24 as hun­dreds of peo­ple are ex­pected to be present to raise money for the McGrath Foundation.

Corowa Cur­tains and Decor have dec­o­rated their front win­dow with an inspiring pink dis­play in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Jane McGrath Foundation.

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