IF YOU think Sawtell’s main street has turned a few shades of pink on Thursday, don’t be alarmed.
October is Pink Ribbon month and to mark the occasion and the return of the Sawtell Summer Sessions on Thursday, First Ave is turning pink for a good cause.
Cancer Council NSW is combining with the Sawtell Chamber of Commerce to raise money and awareness about breast and gynaecological cancers as well as showing support for people touched by cancer in the community.
Of course the initiative aims to provide what we all hope for - a future without cancer.
“It will be quite a spectacle to see all the shop fronts and trees in pink,” Cancer Council NSW community relations co-ordinator Pippa Tabone said.
“We are also hosting fashion parades from the First Ave boutiques.
“We encourage everyone to come down, get your PINK on and join in the fun.”
The Sawtell Summer Sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month during daylight saving. The street is closed from 4pm while the action takes place from 5pm to 7.30pm.
The Summer Sessions feature local buskers, musicians and entertainers to keep the kids amused while you shop in the boutiques and stores which will be open throughout.
You can also grab a bite to eat in one of First Avenue’s many cafes, restaurants and bars.
But Thursday’s Summer Session will all be for a great cause.
“To raise money, we will be holding a monster raffle of the ‘Ultimate Sawtell Experience’, consisting of prizes from Sawtell shops, cafes and restaurants throughout October and selling PINK merchandise at a number of the shops,” Pippa said.
“We will also be rattling our donation tins on the night.
“All money raised helps fund world-class research into women’s cancers, cancer prevention and advocacy programs, and support services to help those affected by women’s cancers at every part of their journey.”
On the Coffs Coast, about 680 people per year are diagnosed with cancer, with breast cancer being in the top three diagnosis.