Pink Picnic raises funds for Chicks in Pink

PINK: Karilyn Beiers, Lyn McCallum, Nicki Tidbold, Francis Connor, Lance Hewlett, Janette Barnes, Dr Jason Lambley, Tonya Medland, Louise Dafter, Julianna Newman, Clancy Follett-McDonald, Isobel Lambley and Tamie Gorman.
PINK: Karilyn Beiers, Lyn McCallum, Nicki Tidbold, Francis Connor, Lance Hewlett, Janette Barnes, Dr Jason Lambley, Tonya Medland, Louise Dafter, Julianna Newman, Clancy Follett-McDonald, Isobel Lambley and Tamie Gorman.

A pink picnic attended by about 200 people at Victoria Point on October 19 has kept Chicks in Pink in the pink with a donation of about $16,100.

The event is an initiative of Clancy Follett-McDonald of the art group Creative Express and held in conjunction with Victoria Point state school's P and C. Ms Follett-McDonald started Creative Express to bring women with breast cancer together to share their stories and concerns in a positive setting while creating art. Art classes are held monthly at Cleveland.

This year's theme was wearable and usable art with women creating necklaces, cards, bags and pots as well as wall art.

Ms Follett-McDonald said that the event was not just about fund raising.

"To me, the best part of the day was seeing a community come together. People just came and pitched in. I was overwhelmed by the community spirit and support. I have three past members of the P and C and their children who come along to help. I couldn't have done it without Nicki Tidbold, Janette Barnes and Lyn McCallum and the art ladies," she said.

Ms Follett-McDonald said the event attracted major sponsors and helpers including Crs Lance Hewlett and Kim Richards, surgeon Dr Jason Lambley, Whisky Business of Capalaba, Tidbold Realty, Bank of Queensland at Victoria Point, Bay Island Transport, the Icon Bar at Victoria Point and Bella Beachie.

The $16,000 donation brings the total raised to almost $70,000 over 10 events.