THE announcement that the Miss Muddy event will be held in Ballarat is a coup for the city’s tourism, but could also be a big win for the city’s health system.
The Miss Muddy event, which Ballarat Regional Tourism expect will draw up to 10,000 people has this year announced a partnership with the McGrath Foundation.
All funds raised from the event – which organisers expect will be in excess of $300,000 will go towards funding McGrath breast cancer care nurses.
Miss Muddy director Adam McDonald said the event had previously split funds raised between multiple different charities – this year they had opted to on one focus one charity that would directly benefit a town.
“We are trying (over a period) to raise enough money to place six McGrath nurses around Australia,” Mr McDonald said.
“Between the six events we hope to raise $2.28 million.”
In order to reach this target and bring a nurse to community’s like Ballarat – which is one of the aims, the event needs to sell out.
As well as this Mr McDonald is asking people to kick-start their own Miss Muddy fundraisers – with all money raised going directly into the McGrath nurse program.
Anyone who opts to hold a fundraiser will be in the draw to win a new car.
“With 15,600 ladies diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia in 2015 the need to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across the country continues to grow,” Mr McDonald said.
“It costs $380,000 to place a McGrath Breast Care Nurse in an area of need for three years.
“With six events scheduled in 2016, we aim to raise enough to place six McGrath Breast Care Nurses in 2016.”
To register a fundraise simply go online to missmuddy.gofundraise.com.au.
Keeping Abreast of Future Need: the Growing Demand for Breast Care Nurses, recently released to coincide with the Foundation’s 10th anniversary.
The study found Australia has a critical gap in breast care nursing services which is set to widen by 38 per cent in the next five years if not addressed. The McGrath Nurses aim to close this gap.
To register for Miss Muddy visit missmuddy.com.au.
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