Pink Tradie campaign in Innisfail raises over $10,000 for breast cancer

Innisfail State College staff and students, who dressed in pink for breast cancer and raised $840, with former student Matt Cutuli (sitting in car), who is 2021 BCNA Pink Tradie campaign ambassador.

INNISFAIL was awash with pink on August 13 as over fifty businesses, thirteen schools, and six early learning centres dressed in pink and decorated their workplaces, in support of Matt Cutuli, the face of this year’s BCNA Pink Tradie campaign.

Cutuli from Mourilyan, who is a second-year apprentice boiler maker at Daradgee Welding Works, lost his beloved Nanna, Lorraine, to breast cancer in 2018. 

Lorraine was a passionate advocate for Breast Cancer Network Australia and supported many people in her local community as they were undergoing treatment.

The fundraising target was $1,000, but this was smashed, with over $10,000 raised for BCNA, which provides essential information and support services for those affected.

It was a real community effort, with all the schools and early learning centres contributing donations to the worthwhile cause. 

Some of the top fundraisers were Innisfail State College with $840, Tully State School P&C Association Free Dress Day $240, Goondi State School $424, Discoveries Child Care Families $230, Good Counsel College $230, Mourilyan State School $281, and Innisfail East State School $224, whilst Sapore di Itallia raised $836.30, which they increased to $900. 

This year’s Pink Tradie campaign highlights the financial impact faced by those diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Scans, tests, and treatment can be costly, along with the possibility of having to stop work, or take time off, which can create additional stress for individuals and families. 

BCNA offers support and guidance by providing information on the rights and responsibilities for employees and employers, as well as managing work, finances, and breast cancer.

BCNA advocates with, and for, people with breast cancer, while working with government, private health insurers, and health professionals to ensure everyone can access affordable treatment and care.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst Australian women, and, in 2021, it is estimated more than 20,030 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer (19,866 women and 164 men).

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 2021 data, survival rates continue to improve for Australian women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. 

These have increased from 74% (1986 – 1990) to 91.5% (2013 – 2017) for women surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.

During the months of August and September, tradies across Australia are encouraged to ‘pink up’ at work, host a fundraising event, and start a conversation with their work colleagues about breast cancer.

It might be a golf day, BBQ, trivia night, morning tea, raffle, head shave, or another fundraising event.

It is not too late to get involved and online donations can be made via https://bcna.secure.force.com/Donations/CID_Fundraise.Pink Tradie beanies, socks, and other BCNA merchandise can be purchased via www.pinksportsday.bcna.org.au/store.

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