Northam named as a top cancer fundraiser

Pink up Northam: More than 20 separate fundraising events in Northam throughout October contributed to the $15,000 total. Photos: Supplied.
Pink up Northam: More than 20 separate fundraising events in Northam throughout October contributed to the $15,000 total. Photos: Supplied.

In its first year taking part in the McGrath Foundation's Pink Up Your Town campaign, the town of Northam has raised more then $15,000 for the breast cancer support organisation.

The community, in collaboration with the Pink Up Northam committee, was named in the top five towns in the country for their fundraising efforts.

Northam Pink Up Your Town committee member Esther Bliss said the support from the local community had been overwhelming.

"Northam has really come together in an incredible wave of support for the McGrath Foundation," she said.

"I speak on behalf of the whole Pink Up Northam Committee when I say a heartfelt thank you to every person involved.

"From those businesses who placed collection tins on their counters, staff who wore pink, to everyone who ran raffles, morning teas, dyed their hair pink and to every person who attended one of the many events such as the children's disco, fitness classes, Girls Night In or bought a pink cupcake, pink bread or pink sausage - the people of Northam showed so much generosity to the cause.

"Everyday I saw some new display of pink support and awareness.

"A real highlight for me was Theresa Lee from the Northam Yoga Lounge, who not only dyed her hair pink, but shaved her hair for charity at the Pink Up Northam Fair."

The McGrath Foundation works to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in areas that need them most.

"We are fortunate in Northam to have our own McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Denise Kiff, who is an absolute sweetheart," Ms Bliss said.

"She attended many of the events and already the campaign has increased awareness of her role and already put her in touch with those that need her in our community.

"In fact, it has raised the awareness of other cancer care nurses available at Northam Hospital."

McGrath Foundation director Tracy Bevan congratulated the town.

"It's wonderful to see the hard work of the Northam community come to life and we couldn't be more grateful," she said.

"It is the support of towns like Northam that enable us to continue to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in areas that need them most."

The Breastscreen WA mobile clinic will visit Northam from November 15, 2019 to January 24, 2020 at the Northam Library

Businesses still to donate to the cause are asked to contact the Pink Up Northam committee or Esther Bliss at the Northam Chamber of Commerce.