Pink Silks, Committed to helping make a difference!

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With the 5th CUB PST Golf Day and 12th Pink Silks Ladies Race Day in mid-January, these two events will be the last on the Pink Silks Trust fundraising calendar year, and the Pink Silks Trust committee is working hard to reach the $750,000 target. PST is committed to helping make a difference in the journey of local women going through a life changing or life threatening illness, by keeping 90% of all their funds raised local, and committing 10% to cancer research, in the hope of a future cure or preventative measure. After 11 years of fundraising for the local women of the Coffs Coast, FOCUS wanted you to meet these inspiring women who make up the PST committee.

Tanya Johnson – President.

When and why did you become involved with Pink Silks, and what is the position you currently hold within the organisation?

I was one of the co-founding Pink Silks committee members in Sept 2006, organising the first Pink Silks Ladies Race Day in January 2007.

Following my breast cancer diagnosis in 2005 at 35 years old, I felt I wanted to make a positive difference for other women in Coffs.

Together with my career in Radiography at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus, I knew and had experienced the impact that a life threatening and life changing diagnosis has, not only on the woman, but her family and friends. I am the only co-founder still involved and currently am the Chair of the Pink Silks Trust committee.

What does your role entail?

My role entails the operational aspects of this registered charity, the coordination of our fundraising events with my amazing committee, connecting with the community to source where there is a need for funds and awareness, ensuring all our donations are spent to help as many women as possible for as many years as possible, sourcing donations, educating the community on the work we do and how the contribution they make stays locally and directly helps our women, and collaboration with the committee on what research to support each year, as this will indirectly come back to help our community in the future.

What do you most enjoy about being part of such an inspirational committee?

Each member has a connection and experience that drives their passion and commitment to help other women.

Their sense of community spirit is unwavering, balancing work and family life to make time to contribute their skills and time to help others, all within this voluntary role.

Plus, they are heaps of fun to be with, especially when we out together at our events.

What are your plans and goals for 2018?

We will continue to fundraise through our annual PST events, thanks to the generosity of so many local businesses and individuals and search for beneficiaries who need our assistance of funds and raised awareness of their work.

The goal is always to do what benefits the health, recovery and wellbeing of the women of the Coffs Coast, diagnosed with cancer or an illness and make the journey as positive as possible.

What has been your highlight so far?

Being part of its growth, from a concept to the unbelievable work this local registered charity achieves each and every year.

Knowing and seeing the difference we have made to so many women and their families over 11 years … It’s what motivates me!

How do we get in contact?

tanya@pinksilks.com.au

 

Debbie Gooley – Events Coordinator/Merchandise 

When and why did you become involved with Pink Silks, and what is the position you currently hold within the organisation?

The reason I became involved with Pink Silks was when I meet Tanya Johnson and became friends with her, when I moved to Coffs Harbour. The Pink Silks charity group came up in conversation and I was interested in it, as I had known of friends who had breast cancer and it was very difficult to get support and funding to the groups who support these women. Tanya explained a few things about what they do to raise funds for the benefit of the community and that all the money raised stays in the community. I was in from then on. I have donated to other cancer charities, as most of us have, and I’m not happy that the money didn’t stay in the local area. So eight years later, I’m still doing and loving Pink Silks. My reasoning for doing this is if I can help people by fundraising for such a worthy cause and they can benefit and it makes their lives a little less stressful and more comfortable in their time of need, then I will. No good saying I should have helped do this or that; I make the time and love doing it. Action for me, is what it comes down to.

Most people know my role in the committee – sales. I’m the one who is always asking for prizes and donations – in a nice way, of course.

What does your role entail?

My role entails getting donation prizes and funding, selling packages, event/functions coordinator, organising the purchase of PST merchandise.

I’m the one, if you see me – no hiding from me – looking for prizes and any offer of help for Pink Silks Trust.

What do you most enjoy about being part of such an inspirational committee?

The group of girls who are in Pink Silks give their time, heart and soul to what they believe in. They are selfless and caring, but most of all they are everyday women who want to make a difference. I’m very lucky to fundraise with them  and to call them friends. There have been some amazing women come and go in Pink Silks, but they all have made a difference along the way. We are only a small group, but we all have big hearts – that’s what matters.

What has been your highlight so far?

One highlight for me was raising the funds for the Palliative Care Unit at Coffs Campus. This event was held at the Hoey Moey and it was a very hard fundraiser, but on the night Pinkie supporters blew my mind and we raised the money we needed for this worthy group of people. Also, the day of presenting equipment to the care group, so these women could go home at Christmas was very emotional to me. To know that this equipment will go on giving and giving to other sufferers is why I do what I do.

How do we get in contact?

deb@pinksilks.com.au

 

Nicole Pymont – Social Media.

When and why did you become involved with Pink Silks, and what is the position you currently hold within the organisation?

I attended the first couple of Pink Silks race days and thought they were so much fun, while also raising money for fantastic causes. I slowly became involved by helping out on the day; not long after that, I was nominated to be part of Pink Silks. Two reasons I believe so much in Pink Silks – I work at the hospital. I see how the money helps. Who it helps. I also suffer from a chronic illness – Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) so I understand the benefits of communities raising money and awareness for different causes and charities that help people with a variety of illnesses.

What does your role entail?

Everyone gets in and helps with everything, but I have the responsibility of the role of social media / website promotion.

What do you most enjoy about being part of such an inspirational committee? 

Working with strong and inspirational women  and being part of such a generous community. Every year I am truly in awe of what people donate and give to Pink Silks.

What has been your highlight so far?

There are so many. But I would have to say the Ladies and Tradies night at the Hoey Moey.  I’ve been left speechless at the generosity of people.

How do we get in contact?

nic@pinksilks.com.au

 

Stacy Jessup – Secretary

What does your role entail?

My role in the committee is an administrative one. I take the minutes, send out letters and emails, roster the volunteers. I source donators, set up, pick up, assist at our events and support my fellow committee members. I’m an all round committee member, actually.

What do you enjoy most about being part of such an inspirational committee?

Every day we can choose to learn from those around us. I choose to surround myself with a group of diverse and dynamic women I admire and respect for what they bring to the committee – marketing, finance, nursing, management, commitment and drive, along with fun and a can do attitude.

What has been your highlight so far?

So many highlights. Every time a donation is offered, a raffle is won, a purchase is made, it highlights the generosity of our community that I’m so proud to be a part of.

How do we get in contact?

stacy@pinksilks.com.au

 

Alison Blanshard – Treasurer/Merchandise

When and why did you become involved with Pink Silks, and what is the position you currently hold within the organisation?’

My family have supported PS from their inception over 11 years ago. When Tanya approached me in 2016 to be part of the committee, I jumped at the opportunity. My family has been through a lot in the last five years in regards to cancer and even though they don’t live in Coffs, it has inspired me to try and make a difference in people’s lives who may be going through any other health issues.

What does your role entail?

My role is as Treasurer and Sales/Merchandise with Deb. We have been trying to focus on products that people want to buy that will also raise funds for the charity. We also approach businesses for their support and donations of goods and services. I also balance the books!

What do you most enjoy about being part of such an inspirational committee?

It is one of the few local charities run only by volunteers, with 90% of funds remaining in our local community (10% is donated to cancer research). We are all so passionate about what we do and even though everyone is so busy in our own lives, we all come together for a common cause.

What has been your highlight so far?

I am amazed by how much support local businesses and individuals give to PS. My highlight is to say THANK YOU!

How do we get in contact?

alison@pinksilks.com.au

 

Caroline Bleechmore – Marketing

When and why did you become involved with Pink Silks, and what is the position you currently hold within the organisation?

I have been a supporter of Pink Silks for the last 11 years and re-joined the committee earlier this year when Tanya and Deb begged me to get more heavily involved again, rather than just assisting behind the scenes when needed. Like all the committee members, I’m passionate about supporting our local community and see Pink Silks as a way of giving something back. The committee is also made up of a great group of women all motivated to help raise awareness and funds for local women who are challenged by cancer or illness and support health initiatives on the Coffs Coast, so it’s an enjoyable committee to work with.

What does your role entail?

I assist with anything I can, with a focus on anything that the committee likes to term marketing or making things look pretty! But seriously, we all contribute to ideas, organisation, sourcing prizes and generally helping out.

What do you most enjoy about being part of such an inspirational committee?

The Pink Silks Perpetual Trust has such a great reputation in the region, and I think the most rewarding aspect of being involved is seeing just how generous the local business community is with donating products and prizes for our fundraising efforts, plus then seeing how generous the community is with their ongoing support. But most of all, it’s the end result when we can say yes to supplying funds or life saving medical equipment to help our community.

What has been your highlight so far?

Without a doubt, knowing that this year we have raised enough funds to purchase the All-Terrain Medical Rescue Vehicle supporting SES, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Fire and Rescue, Firefighting Aviation Rescue and Coffs Harbour City Council.

How do we get in contact?

caroline@pinksilks.com.au

 

Christine McGregor – Data Management

When and why did you become involved with Pink Silks, and what is the position you currently hold within the organisation?

I joined Pink Silks in March 2017 as a committee member. Pink Silks organise a large number of fundraising initiatives each year for the Coffs Coast community, and I wanted to contribute as I had prior experience in fundraising event organisation with Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Gala Ball and other events.

What does your role entail?

My role is to assist in event organising, data management and raising awareness of the awesome work Pink Silks does for the Coffs Coast Community.

What do you most enjoy about being part of such an inspirational committee?

The passion and purpose that we all have to make a difference to people’s lives.

What has been your highlight so far?

Definitely would have to be the outcome we achieved via Ladies and Tradies night. With the generous support of our community, Pink Silks raised funds for the FIRST All Terrain Emergency Vehicle for the Coffs Coast. It was a fantastic night, with a great outcome. I am proud to be a part of this awesome group of women, who are now all dear friends.

How do we get in contact?

christine@pinksilks.com.au

Thanks ladies.

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