Yeppoon businesses start turning pink on Fridays
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
PINK may not be a colour that goes with everything but, if Lee-anne Smith and Anthony Sylvester have their way, men and women in Yeppoon and Emu Park will be wearing it proudly each and every Friday.
Ms Smith, of Seaside Embroidery in James St, and Mr Sylvester, of CQ Timber and Steel in McBean St, are behind a push to see as many business employees as possible on the Capricorn Coast wearing pink shirts on the last day before the weekend.
Ms Smith said pink was chosen because it is the colour associated with the McGrath Foundation and the fight against breast cancer.
By wearing specially printed pink shirts bearing the badge of the foundation, together with the words "business friend" and their business's own logo, people would be adding extra colour to their own community as well as supporting a very worthwhile cause, she said.
Ms Smith said the idea had been born some years ago in discussion with a former manager of the Capricorn Coast Mirror, who had suggested persuading people to wear brightly coloured shirts on a Friday could help bring the community closer together.
Much more recently, Mr Sylvester had proposed that a charity could also benefit from such a move.
And although the proposal had not yet been heavily promoted, Ms Smith said already more than 20 local businesses had put the idea into practice.
"Ultimately, of course, whether a business or its staff participates will depend on the boss of that business," she said.
"We haven't really pushed it yet but people are jumping on board."
These range from banks to retailers, tradesmen to transport and employment services.
It has also been suggested that the scheme should support a different charity - maybe in a different colour - every year, Ms Smith said.
Those interested should contact Ms Smith on 4939 2556 or Mr Sylvester on 0427 267 165.