Community Comfort gets pink boost

November 6, 2020

Bingara turned pink last Wednesday week in a bid to raise awareness for breast cancer and funds for Community Comfort, thanks largely to the efforts of three Bingara Central School students. Blaire Johnson, Zoe Allen and Tamiya McClymont proposed the idea of going pink earlier in the year and had big plans for the day, though were forced to scale things back to meet COVID-19 requirements.

School Captain, Zoe Allen, said that they had decided to continue with something small, so students came to school brightly dressed in all shades of pink for a gold coin donation. Staff at the school assisted in the event with Mrs Mead selling small ribbons and pendants for $1 each. Additionally, tins were placed at local shopfronts for donations.

Businesses across town embraced the pink theme with many staff at retail stores and Gwydir Shire Council dressing up.

Bingara library showed their support of breast cancer awareness by displaying a giant pink balloon ribbon made by Amy Evans of Pally Styling.

Bingara Country Comfort was established in 2011 as a way to ensure that those in the community who are experiencing a life-limiting illness are supported and know that they are cared for by the people of their town. Each recipient receives a card and a sum on money to assist them through their challenging time.

By Thursday afternoon the tally had been finalised and came in at a hefty $1405.00, which was presented to Bingara Community Comfort founder and Deputy Mayor Catherine Egan. “There will be residents in this community that will be most appreciative for the funds that have been raised. Those people will immediately be able to get letters that they will be recipients for the money that was raised, said Cr Egan.

“There will be a lot of gratitude out there. It is well used. When people realise that it was raised by the young people of the school they will be even more pleased.”

The donation was particularly warmly received after opportunities for Community Comfort to raise their own funds were severely impacted this year.

Principal Brooke Wall was very proud of the students who did all the coordinating of the fundraising by themselves. Despite this great effort she said 2021 would see more to offer. “We’ll go bigger and better next year,” she said