Gat­ton’s pink bea­con

Gatton Star - - News - By TOM THREADINGH­AM

A PINK bea­con of hope shone brightly at UQ Gat­ton Cam­pus to help draw at­ten­tion to a spe­cial cause.

High-tech light­ing equip­ment was used to light-up the UQ Gat­ton Foundation Build­ing a bril­liant pink for Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month last Wed­nes­day night.

UQ Gat­ton stu­dent Justin Matthews was be­hind the spe­cial dis­play and hoped it would raise aware­ness of the fa­tal dis­ease.

He said the light­ing dis­play was also a prac­tice run for the univer­sity’s vale­dic­tory evening.

“I just thought while we’ve got the equip­ment here it would be a good op­por­tu­nity to draw high­light to the fact that it is breast can­cer aware­ness month,” Mr Matthews said.

“And I thought we’ve got plenty of LEDs and plenty of fire­power to take one of our more iconic build­ings and light it all up pink.”

Mr Matthews said eight in­di­vid­ual light fix­tures were used on the build­ings fa­cade and were ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing a cou­ple of mil­lion dif­fer­ent colours.

“If you can pick a colour we can cre­ate it ba­si­cally,” he said.

Mr Matthews said the light­ing dis­play also held per­sonal sig­nif­i­cance.

“I’ve had a very good friend who bat­tled with breast can­cer and she sur­vived and is com­ing out of her last chemo treat­ments for it,” he said.

“Sadly breast can­cer is a pretty nasty dis­ease and ul­ti­mately is some­thing that I’d like to see a cure found for.”

PHOTO: TOM THREADINGH­AM

BRIGHT LIGHT: UQ Gat­ton stu­dents Clare Webb, Tay­lor Bun­worth, Kir­rily O'Dono­van and Ta­ma­rah Lux­ton ad­mired the pink colour­ing of the UQ Gat­ton Foundation Build­ing in hon­our of Breast Can­cer Aware­ness month.

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