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Pink Angels trail blaze new fundraising ideas

Honda salesman Jacob Willetts with the Pink Angels Inc. getting excited about fundraising efforts to support women and men with breast cancer in the Dubbo region. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/WENDY MERRICK Honda salesman Jacob Willetts with the Pink Angels Inc. getting excited about fundraising efforts to support women and men with breast cancer in the Dubbo region. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/WENDY MERRICK

Sue Gavenlock is president of the Pink Angels but this week she’s found herself playing the role of a trail blazing fundraiser.

During our photo shoot at Golden West Holden she was glad the new Trailblazer four wheel drive had air conditioning as summer came early to the city.

October is National Cancer Awareness Month and the 33 Pink Angels have enlisted the help of the local car dealer to raise some much-needed cash.

“Golden West Automotive has been very generous and offered to do fundraisers for us during the October month of cancer awareness and they’re running a full week of activities and it’s amazing what they’ve done for us,” Sue said, “They’re aiming to raise a considerable amount of money for us.”

“The idea behind this is to sell cars but support Pink Angels at the same time and we’re a local charity very pleased that we’re being supported by a local business. We’re all about being local and supporting local people, 100 percent of our donations for any fundraising that we do goes back directly to our patients.

“It’s very humbling to be involved in something like this where a local business has approached us and has asked that we be involved and that they want to support breast cancer patients in this area,” she said.

Golden West dealer principal Danny Russell seems chuffed with the new concept. He’s keen to use the business to actively raise funds rather than just write out a one-off cheque.

“We’ve got a ‘Women on Wheels’ night on the Tuesday night, we’ve got space for 48 ladies, we’ll have six bays in our workshop with mechanics showing each group of ladies certain aspects of car safety and checking cars,” Danny said.

“On the Thursday night we’ve got a ‘Cars Under The Stars’ – we’ll be open to 9pm to sell some cars and raise more money for charity but we’ve also secured lots of car enthusiasts in Dubbo to bring down their specialist or restored old Holdens or classic cars so there’ll be lots of things going on with that.

“We’re donating $200 for every car that we sell, new and used, and we’re going to donate $25 for each and every test drive that we do, so 80 test drives and 40 cars, that’s $10,000!” he said.

The week will also see barbecues, face painting for the kids and a host of other activities including a cocktail evening on October 9, which will include a silent auction.

“We know that whatever we raise is going to stay in our region and it’s good to give back to our community, this community gives us everything, so it’s good to give back,” Danny said.