The Pink Silks Trust is a registered charity and has a strong focus on assisting local women’s health organisations with much needed equipment and services, as well as contributing to national research foundations.

The main and original event held annually is the Pink Silks Ladies Race Day at Coffs Harbour Racing Club. It is aimed to bring families and friends together to show a collective support of all women in our community, undergoing a challenging time with their illness.  Raising $25,000 at the first event, and after 17 years, PST have raised over $1,350,000.

The Pink Silks Trust now actively runs and assists several events throughout the year, so we can increase our message to many community demographics and all of the community can make an interest-based contribution to directly helping women in our community.

The Pink Silks Trust committee consists of 8 hard-working and very passionate people, who give their time selflessly for the cause. Each committee member has focus to help other women in our local community and create a better awareness of needs for health and well-being.

Pilks Silks Charity Events For A Good Cause Coffs Harbour

By 2004, the Coffs Harbour Racing Club had established a Ladies Day as part of its annual Calendar held in January each year. The concept was to offer a day to the ladies, families and children of the area during the annual Christmas/New Year holiday period.

The first Pink Silks Race Day committee met on 16 September 2006, followed by the first Pink Silks Ladies Race Day held Sunday 14th January 2007

The concept was a hard sell in the beginning, as it was a new and different way to fundraise, and the gambling side stopped many from participating. But thankfully to some great and generous supporters and their commitment to our community, it has rapidly grown to become a huge success.

The first year Pink Silks Race Day was to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer only and all funds were sent to national research institutes.

The inaugural Committee quoted to the press “With over 12,000 women in Australia being diagnosed with breast cancer each year – through race sponsorship, race book advertising, hospitality packages sold, donations and fund-raising on race day, we’re hoping we can raise in excess of $10,000″

The inaugural event exceeded all expectations the money raised for those recipients was over $25,000!!!!

Knowing that very few people have not been touched either directly or indirectly by the disease the Coffs Harbour Racing Club was overjoyed to be able to help create such a worthy event.

The focus of the Pink Silks Ladies Race day is family, community and the contribution everyone can make to those women undergoing treatment.

The annual event is held every second Sunday of January – the theme is pink, and as each year passes, more and more people come dressed in pink. It’s wonderful!

The day consists of races, fashion on the field, kids’ activities, merchandise sales, raffles and an auction. The auction is approximately 15-20 items that are mainly experiences that people can’t by.

‘When you are going through any major treatment, some days are harder than others, and you want one day to forget your constant fight for survival. You want a day which is fun and surrounded by those you love, and that day motivates you to keep fighting’ said Tanya Johnson, when reflecting on her breast cancer journey at 35 years of age and of her work at the local hospital.

‘This is the real purpose of the Pink Silks Ladies Race Day and the fundraising and awareness for a specific illness is the bonus to provide what is needed locally to make the fight and recovery much easier’ added Tanya Johnson.

So, in the second year, the committee realised that this community was excited by the opportunity to support local women through this family oriented event. The committee then decided it was apparent that there are so many other women’s health issues, where local awareness was needed to be focussed and equipment bought to directly support them.

By the fifth year, the committee realised that the impact these funds have on our community and the support they were receiving from people attending the race day, that they branched into Pink Silks merchandise. This allowed them to expand the funds and broadly advertise the day.

Everyone is encouraged to wear pink and over the years they have seen more and more men wear the colour of the day. The merchandise has also provided an avenue for those to support the day financially and have something pink in their possession.

As of 2014, Coffs Harbour Pink Silks Perpetual Trust became a registered charity and have a trust fund for beneficiaries that require urgent help throughout the year.

The Pink Silks Trust committee consists of 8 hard-working and very passionate people, who give their time selflessly for the cause.

The voluntary role on this committee, ensures all the money raised is given directly back to the community or national research foundations.

Each committee member has either been through their own battle with illness or been directly involved in the journey of illness affecting a close friend or family member.

The commitment this committee has to Pink Silks Trust, is why we have evolved from a Race Day to coordinating several charity events throughout the year.

Let's Give Together
Tanya Johnson - Pink Silks Chair and Co-Founder

Tanya Johnson

Chair and Co-Founder
Alison Blanshard - Pink Silks Treasurer

Alison Blanshard

Database Administrator

Nicole Pymont

Social Media

Deb Gooley

Events & Merchandise
Richard Hinton - Pink Silks Merchandise

Richard Hinton

Secretary
Christine McGregor - Pink Silks Committee Member

Christine McGregor

Committee Member

Michaela Pleasance

Committee Member

Craig Leece

Treasurer