Shining a bright light on cancer awareness

Colac Otway Shire Council changed about a dozen lights in Colac’s Murray Street pink to support Pink Up Colac. Pictured is councillor Kate Hanson in front of one of the lights.

Drivers and pedestrians on Colac’s Murray Street will notice about a dozen median-strip trees lit by pink lights at night, marking breast cancer awareness month.

Colac Otway Shire Council has changed the lights for Pink Up Colac; a McGrath Foundation initiative to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise money for nurses.

Colac businesses are also turning pink, with owners colouring shopfronts and their products to support the month-long initiative organised by Colac McGrath Foundation breast care nurse Michelle Hamblin.

“We are a very supportive community and I think that’s what it shows to visitors coming through,” Councillor Kate Hanson said of the pink lights and shop-front displays.

“It adds a bit of fun to it, you have to remember to keep living when you’re unwell, you have to enjoy life and I think it adds some fun to it. People might see pink as a female colour, but it’s a fun colour.”

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