$16,000 for breast can­cer aware­ness

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 sim­ple; 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 cheque, pre­sented on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29, by ma­jor spon­sor Corowa RSL Club, con­sists of money earned through River Coun­try Bootscoot­ers.

Ms Blake­ley has held sev­eral raf­fles, as well as the an­nual high tea and pink so­cial, and other events through­out 12 months.

“It’s ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions, we’ve in­creased ev­ery year and that’s re­ally good,” she told The Free Press.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic ef­fort by ev­ery­one in­volved. I must thank the RSL – they’re a re­ally great sup­port and pro­vide lots of stuff for us and al­low us to hold events at this venue. Be­fore their sup­port we might have been rais­ing about $8,000 so they’ve been amaz­ing.

“Thanks also to ev­ery­one who has par­tic­i­pated and helped out with events and fundrais­ers through­out the year, even if you’ve just bought a raf­fle ticket, know that you’ve contributed as well.

“It’s great to see some peo­ple not even want

The cul­mi­na­tion of 12 months’ worth of fundrais­ing and so­cial events has been re­warded, with the Corowa RSL Club pre­sent­ing a cheque of $16,013 to McGrath Foun­da­tion fundraiser and lo­cal Kay Blake­ley.

to buy a raf­fle but do­nate any­way. Sup­port has been re­ally good.”

Ms Blake­ley’s best friend passed away 12 years ago to breast can­cer and she has since been a ma­jor McGrath Foun­da­tion ad­vo­cate.

Per­haps the big­gest event of the year is the high tea which is held at the Corowa RSL Club ev­ery June. This year, more than $6,000 was raised with al­most 200 peo­ple at­tend­ing the event on June 24. Both the fi­nan­cial and at­ten­dance fig­ure was a ma­jor in­crease on pre­vi­ous years.

Corowa RSL CEO Peter Nor­ris said this year’s fig­ure was an out­stand­ing re­sult.

“It’s a good cause and one we’re proud to be in­volved with, we’re look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing with it for the years to come,” he said.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to Kay and all her com­mit­tee who do all the hard work, rais­ing money through­out the year.”

If you would like to do­nate to the McGrath Foun­da­tion or find out more about the cause, visit the web­site here: https://www.mc­grath­foun­da­tion.com.au/about/.

Kay Blake­ley’s 12 months of hard work rais­ing funds and aware­ness for the McGrath Foun­da­tion has yet gain been worth­while.

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