Jodie McRae of Lismore founded Jodie's Inspiration after battling a rare form of breast cancer. They raised funds for the oncology unit in St Vincent’s with a Pink Halloween event.
Jodie McRae of Lismore founded Jodie's Inspiration after battling a rare form of breast cancer. They raised funds for the oncology unit in St Vincent’s with a Pink Halloween event. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

St Vincent’s to receive two cancer therapy machines for Xmas

IN October Lismore woman Jodie McRae hosted a Pink Halloween fundraiser to raise $40,000 for new hospital equipment.

She not only met that target, she doubled it.

As a result St Vincent's Hospital will receive two Cold Cap Therapy machines to help chemotherapy patients keep their hair, hopefully by Christmas.

Ms McRae, who is battling a rare form of breast cancer, founded the non-profit Jodie's Inspiration only three months ago but it has already found a place in the hearts of the Northern Rivers community.

Read more about Jodie McRae's own breast cancer battle.

Just under 600 people attended the Halloween event and between the tickets sold and activities held on the night, Jodie's Inspiration raised over $100,000.

 

The Pink Halloween offered ticket holders plenty of fun, from betting on a tug-of-war team, to auctions, raffles and dancing.
The Pink Halloween offered ticket holders plenty of fun, from betting on a tug-of-war team, to auctions, raffles and dancing. Cathryn McLauchlan

Ms McRae said the evening was all about having fun.

"We wanted it to have a party atmosphere ... and that's what happened," she said.

"We were lucky enough to have our dancers perform on the night, The Cassettes, alongside Jenny Dowell, Kevin Hogan ... so that was completely out of their comfort zones."

"My only downside was that I didn't get to talk to everybody!"

Ms McRae said she would like to thank the community for showing their support.

"We couldn't have done this without the support of our local community and beyond, who came along to the event and even for those who couldn't make it, so thank you," she said.

"Our reach is not only for the people in Lismore; it goes to Tenterfield and that whole area. They will use those machines."

Due to the success of the Pink Halloween Ms McRae is looking to take Jodie's Inspiration to the next step by forming an official board.

You can visit the Jodie's Inspiration Facebook page for more information.



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