Orroroo pinks up

PINK UP: The Orroroo Regional Tourist Group at Friday's event, Corey White, Lynette Bollinger, Margaret Wilson, Joy Ford, Kathy Hearn and Belinda White.
PINK UP: The Orroroo Regional Tourist Group at Friday's event, Corey White, Lynette Bollinger, Margaret Wilson, Joy Ford, Kathy Hearn and Belinda White.

Orroroo has been painted pink over the month of October to raise awareness and funds for the Pink Ribbon foundation

The splash of colour has been a positive change of topic for the town as the agricultural year has not been as successful as previous years. 

This prompted the Orroroo Regional Tourist Group to give farmers something else to talk about. 

With businesses challenged to dress in pink, pink food, fairy floss, a raffle, strawberry fete and a pink parade from the Orroroo Area School students, Friday’s events were as successful as predicted and were able to create the conversation wished by organisers. 

“It was about mental health and the well being of our community. We have had a bad year agriculturally and we wanted to bring a smile back to people’s faces. Within that also raising money for a great cause”, Joy Ford, a member of the tourist group said. 

“By bringing people together like this, a lot of people can’t talk about it, but by having a conversation with someone else really helps them.”

Throughout the month, a day of elegance has been held, a pink breakfast in addition to pink tournaments at the tennis and bowls clubs all to get in the spirit of painting Orroroo pink. 

“The town have been unbelievable. We can’t believe it. We just don’t know. It is just amazing”, Joy said. 

She believes that everyone’s enthusiasm comes from their close connection to cancer and the affect it can have on small communities. 

“I think it has affected all the businesses personally, a lot of people relate to breast cancer because it is pretty well publicised these days. In any community the word cancer is huge.”

The sea of pink has stood out to passing tourists with many telling townspeople that the splash of pink is uplifting. 

“We have had a lot of comments from tourists whilst we have been out decorating and the businesses have had a lot of conversations with tourists and they can’t believe what we have done for such a small community. They say it is very uplifting as they are driving into the town”, Joy said. 

The group would like to thank the whole community for supporting the month.