Pink Up Namoi, a McGrath Foundation fundraiser that aims to support local breast cancer specialist nurses, has been met with shire-wide enthusiasm.

Led by breast cancer survivor, Karen Kirkby, the campaign hopes to spread the pink spirit across Narrabri, Wee Waa and Boggabri.

The shire immediately jumped on board, keen to support the charity, with many businesses and local people offering donations.

A variety of fundraisers are already up and running, with several more to come.

A decorative pink bra competition is being run by the Monterey Café, Faber Toolboxes have donated two new pink toolboxes for fundraising raffles, Sign Print Stitch is selling a selection of Pink Up Namoi stickers and the Namoi Women’s Shed are crafting pink placemats for the campaign.

The women’s shed tile placements will be used to decorate tables at the Pink Street Dinner Party on Maitland Street, set to take place on Saturday, October 23.

Featuring raffles,auctions, special guests and live entertainment, the party is set to go off with a bang.

The event is being supported by the local Rotary Club and the numerous chambers of commerce across the shire.

Rotary Club president Darrell Tiemens is excited to be supporting the cause, as is his co-worker at Tiemens Creative, Ben Simshauser.

“Ben’s family has been affected by breast cancer, so we’re especially proud to be doing our bit for such a worthy cause,” Mr Tiemens said.

“Ben is even helping out with the web development side of things, all in his free time.”

The pair are pictured, on today’s front page with Ms Kirkby and the Tourist Hotel’s Sam Werleman, near where the festival is set to take place at Maitland Street.

It’ll run between Dewhurst and Doyle streets, along the middle block of the main street.

The area will be sectioned off, with the dry suspension lifted by Narrabri Shire Council for the night.

“That means guests will be able to purchase alcohol, but we just won’t be allowed glass containers,” Ms Kirkby said.

“And The Tourist Hotel is kindly donating a percentage of their profits from drink sales to the cause, which we’re very grateful for.”

Tables of 10 are available for interested locals wishing to attend, with both corporate and community options.

At $200 a head, the corporate tables include dinner, while the community tables will be available at $50 a head, with the option of ordering dinner from The Tourist Hotel at the guests’ own expense or people can celebrate the event picnic-style with their own food.

“We ask that full tables be booked for groups of 10, so gather your friends and prepare for a great night out on the town,” Ms Kirkby said.

“You’ll be treated to a delicious dinner, drinks with friends, and the talents of local piano and jazz musicians.

“The dress code is smart casual and we encourage participants to dress on-theme – your outfit can either have a touch of pink or a lot of it.”

If you’re interested in booking a table for the street party, you can contact Karen Kirkby on 0428 944 500.

Following the grand main street gathering is a pink champagne breakfast the next morning.

Rotary’s members, Jocellin Jansson, Jane Williams, Kim Rozendaal and Dylan Smith are excited to welcome guests from across the shire for what they’re predicting will be a terrifically fun gourmet breakfast on Sunday, October 24.

“Guests will enjoy a three-course breakfast with all of the trimmings,” Ms Jansson said.

“We’ve already had strong interest for this unique event.

“I think people are just so keen to get together once again and enjoy an event with lots of sparkle – it will be a real celebration.”

The breakfast will be sponsored by KR Property with proprietor Kim Rozendaal saying “we’d love to see just as many men as women at the event, since one of the key messages we want to convey is that plenty of men battle breast cancer too.”

“The McGrath breast care nurses look after both men and women going through treatment,” Mrs Rozendaal explained.

The champagne breakfast will take place at The Tourist Hotel from 9am, with former McGrath Foundation breast cancer nurse and now Minister for Women, Bronnie Taylor.

Tickets for the breakfast will be available online shortly, with interested people asked to keep an eye on the Narrabri Rotary and Tourist Hotel Facebook pages – a newspaper ad will also be printed soon.

More to come on Pink Up Namoi, including pet dress ups and business shop front competitions, in future editions of The Courier.

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