Breast cancer, prostate cancer, depression and anxiety are issues that hit close to home for many families across the Cessnock region.
Cessnock City Council employees wanted to do something to help, and over the past 18 months have raised $21,121 for charities including the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation and national depression awareness initiative Beyondblue.
This staff-led initiative has seen council’s indoor and outdoor uniforms turn pink and blue to raise awareness and funding for these important charities.
Many staff also elected to make payroll deductions as a one-off payment or over a longer period to contribute, which has made a huge difference in the amount of money raised.
Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent is proud of what the staff have achieved with these initiatives, particularly the way they connected with the broader community.
“This all started as an idea from a member of our outdoor crew and it has grown into something really special,” Cr Pynsent said.
“It is just amazing what an organisation can achieve when everyone comes together for a good cause and I commend all staff members who have taken part so far.”
Keep an eye out in 2018 for council staff proudly sporting pink and blue to show their support for local people who have suffered or are suffering from cancer or mental health issues.