Hawkesbury hospital turns 'pink' for cancer, raises money for Pink Finss

Hawkesbury District Health Service turned all shades of pink in October, joining forces with Pink Finss Charity to show support for women's cancer and raise funds for the local charity.

The annual 'go pink' initiative is in its third year at Hawkesbury District Health Service (HDHS), with support for the event growing each year.

Staff from the hospital's Barry Collins ward kicked-off the fundraiser at the beginning of October with a range of pink merchandise available for purchase during the month.

In what has become an October tradition, 'pink scrubs' became the attire of the month.

The fundraiser culminated in the entire hospital joining in on the pink theme. Stalls were held in the main hospital and community health foyers, with a number of local Hawkesbury businesses getting behind the initiative with the donation of baked goods and merchandise.

Guest speakers from Pink Finss, including founder Jodie Amor, spoke about the range of support services Pink Finss provide to women and their families during the cancer journey.

HDHS acting chief executive officer, Belinda Mott, said the Pink Finss Charity fundraiser has become an important date in the hospital's calendar.

"It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm shown by staff in getting behind this great cause," she said.

"Cancer touches so many people and the day provided a great opportunity for everyone to share their own personal stories and journeys with cancer.

"The funds raised this year exceeded our expectations and we are very pleased with the efforts of our staff in continuing to make this a successful event".

Pink Finss community and business manager, Kym Burton, thanked the staff at the hospital and the community health team for turning pink for the month of October and putting on "such a wonderful morning tea to raise money" for the charity.

"In the month of October alone we have received requests for assistance from four new ladies, so it means we can offer the financial, practical and emotional support that the family needs at such a difficult time," Ms Burton said.

"The Hawkesbury Community is really good at digging deep and supporting those in need and this is a true example of that.

"Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer and having access to events like these give people the opportunity to feel like they are doing something and making a difference.

"We can't thank [HDHS] enough for committing to this cause. Life gets so busy, and having events like this remind us to take care of ourselves occasionally and have those regular check ups."