Birthday wish

Smithton woman Debbie Townsend’s was tickled pink on Saturday night, with more than $800 raised for the Jane McGrath Foundation. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Charity. Fifty-year-old Debbie Townsend has everything she needs. So for her 50th birthday celebrations on Saturday, she decided to give back.

“I was trying to think of a theme that would suit everyone,” she said.

“I’m really close to Erin Murphy, who had breast cancer two years ago and she was only 28.”

With cancer affecting so many, Debbie decided she would do something for the McGrath Foundation – helping families affected by breast cancer have access to a breast care nurse.

Together with friend Penny Williams, who was celebrating her 40th birthday, Debbie threw a pink-themed party at Smithton RSL.

On the invitation she asked partygoers to wear a splash of pink, and rather than splurge on gifts or spend on cards to donate to the charity.

“I got in contact with [the McGrath Foundation] via Facebook and they sent me a little tin, posters and balloons,” she said.

Her selfless act prompted those in attendance to chip in and raise $862.75 for the foundation.

“It was just a unique way of putting a bit of money in to a fundraiser,” she said. “People opened up their hearts.

“Everyone had something pink on – whether it be a pink hat, hanky, tie or shirt. Everyone was really good about it.”

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