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MOUNT Hope be­came a sea of pink at the week­end, as the com­mu­nity united for the eighth Get Pinkt Day.

The fam­ily fun event was aimed at rais­ing funds for can­cer re­search, as guests donned their favourite shade of pink.

The event suc­cess­fully reached its $100,000 10-year tar­get two years early.

AF­TER eight years of self­less ded­i­ca­tion and hard work, Ree and Leon Price can fi­nally ut­ter the words “mis­sion ac­com­plished”.

Wind back eight years, and the Mount Hope home­stead own­ers were prepar­ing to set sail on a decade-long voy­age of fundrais­ing for can­cer suf­fer­ers, or reach­ing a grand to­tal of $100,000 in their pur­suit – which­ever came first.

This week­end marked the eighth and fi­nal Get Pinkt fam­ily fun day which means the Prices have reached their goal with two years to spare.

“We started with three fam­i­lies: the Tay­lors, the Badgerys and our­selves and we just wanted to do some­thing to raise funds for can­cer,” Ms Price said.

“We’ve al­ways done Re­lay for Life but we just had this strange thought that it would be less work to do the Get Pinkt Day, lit­tle did we know what it would en­tail and how much it would grow.

“It has mor­phed into what you see to­day.”

Pa­trons were treated to a full sched­ule of en­ter­tain­ment with mu­sic by Travis Hol­land and the Whiskey Moun­tain Boys while Noah’s Pig Races fea­tured some of the swiftest swine to grace the re­gion.

There was also plenty of fun for the kids with a jump­ing cas­tle, egg and spoon and three legged race.

The fundrais­ing ef­forts have al­ready al­le­vi­ated some pain for those go­ing through

❝ Get Pinkt Day has been a great way to help with things such as air­fares — Ree Price

hard times.

“The Get Pinkt Day has been a great way to help peo­ple go­ing through the can­cer bat­tle with things such as air­fares.

“We’ve just bought an equip­ment bank from last year’s fundrais­ing, which pro­vides things like wheel­chairs which can be housed in the Wal­lum­billa Hos­pi­tal and avail­able for loan,” Ms Price said.

“That equip­ment will al­low peo­ple to stay at their homes for as long as they can.”


GET­TING PINKT: Luke and Brooke Badgery with baby Ni­cole at the eighth an­nual Get Pinkt Day.


TICKLED PINK: Sammy Badgery, Tim Sut­cliffe and Beth Badgery cel­e­brate the mile­stone.

Noah's pig races ex­cite the crowd at Mount Hope.

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