One little town: one big heart -- Braidwood's amazing effort for McGrath Foundation

A few months ago, regional McGrath Foundation Breast Care nurse, Sue Perryman, asked a few Braidwood locals if they would be interested in a McGrath fundraiser called “Paint Your Town Pink”.

This type of event has been running for the past few years in regional towns, this was to be the first for Braidwood. The purpose of the event is to raise much needed funds to keep the McGrath Foundation breast care nurses operational, also to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and, of course, other forms of Cancer. When Sue told the locals of her idea, the answer was an immediate “YES”.

A committee was quickly formed, led magnificently by Rachel Waddington and Leona Coleman. The committee decided to focus on events on the 12th and 13th of October. The 12th would see Twilight Markets at Mona Farm culminating with a spectacular fireworks display.

Although the weather was cold with intermittent showers, that did not stop the enthusiasm of stall holders and those who attended. the fireworks could be seen for many miles. The committee would like to thank the Gearing family and Hockeys Braidwood for their contribution towards the fireworks.

Next was the Gala Ball at Mona Farm on the Saturday night. Tickets were sold out within 2 days.  The committee engaged the services of Braidwood APEX who ran the Ball on the committee’s behalf. Silent and live auctions, along with raffles and the sale of McGrath Foundation merchandise helped raise funds. The food, led professionally by Terry D’arcy was sensational with the APEX boys doing a terrific job waiting, serving drinks, clearing tables without dropping one plate. A special mention and thanks to the APEX boys and Nick Harton for his expertise in leading the live auction. Also, the generosity of Mona Farm for the donation of their beautiful premises and grounds on both Friday and Saturday.

Not only were the events on the weekend, there was also a colouring in competition, photographic competition and the always popular “How many lollies in the Jar?”.

Although the final figure is yet to be determined, the committee are excited to announce that over $20,000 has been raised from the fundraising events.

The committee also received fantastic support from the McGrath Foundation along our journey with Ryan Barlow, Marketing Manager of the McGrath Foundation, attending the Gala Ball. Ryan was amazed at how the community worked together for a common goal.

This could not have been achieved without the sponsors, Braidwood businesses, the donations to auction items, community groups such as APEX, Lions, SES and Men’s Shed and the community itself for buying raffle tickets, merchandise and supporting the event.

There are still donation boxes scattered in Braidwood businesses for the next couple of weeks and merchandise is available at the Braidwood Pharmacy.

Thank you Braidwood community on behalf of the Braidwood committee of Paint Your Town Pink and the McGrath Foundation.