Motorists seek pink number plates
Forget traffic making them see red, motorists are seeing pink after 4,300 NSW drivers bought hot pink number plates in support of The McGrath Foundation since April.
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally was joined by former Test cricketer Glenn McGrath at the SCG on Tuesday as she announced the government would extend the Pink Plates campaign until the end of June.
Since the campaign was launched in April, more than $91,000 has been raised by NSW motorists who have elected for the fun fuschia fixtures – $21,000 in November and December alone, the premier said.
“I’m glad that the campaign has raised so much money for our foundation,” said McGrath, who was the first in the state to have his car fitted with the customised plates.
“I am really thrilled that it will be extended so we can continue to support breast cancer sufferers in regional parts of the state.
“It is great to see so many motorists in NSW getting behind this initiative that also looks great on the vehicle.”
Ms Keneally said the government would continue to donate a proportion of the cost of every plate to the charity.
“The NSW government will continue to donate, $15 for every pink plate sold and $50 for each prestige pink plate sold, to the McGrath Foundation to help them continue their excellent work supporting women experiencing breast cancer, particularly in regional areas,” she said.
The McGrath Foundation was set up in honour of McGrath’s wife Jane who died two years ago after a battle with breast cancer.
Money it raises funds specialised breast cancer nurses in rural and regional Australia. It currently has 53 nurses.