Continuing a legacy as tradies pink up

This year’s BCNA Pink Tradie is apprentice boilermaker Matt Cutuli from Innisfail in North Queensland. Matt is pulling up his pink socks in August and September to continue the legacy of his beloved Nanna in helping others.

Matt’s nanna, Lorraine, was a passionate advocate for BCNA and helped support many others in Innisfail who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, she died of breast cancer three years ago.

‘Nanna was a massive inspiration for everyone that met her. She showed me that it feels great to help others. I am doing this in her honour because, although I will never be able to fill her boots, I know she would be proud of me,’ Matt says.

While having her breast cancer treatments, Lorraine continued to work in retail thanks to a supportive employer who allowed her to take leave when needed. While fortunate to have private health cover and financial stability, Lorraine’s experience is an example of what good support at work looks like and highlights what rights people may be entitled to during treatment.

That’s why this year’s Pink Tradie campaign is focusing on the financial implications of a breast cancer diagnosis, such as the cost of scans, tests and treatment, along with the potential need to stop work or take time off, which causes additional stress for individuals and families. This campaign will help BCNA continue to advocate for affordable treatment and care for everyone by working with government, private health insurers, health professionals and others to achieve this.

Matt and his family joined Lorraine in many breast cancer fundraising activities over the years. Now, as Pink Tradie campaign ambassador for 2021, Matt is joining BCNA to call on tradies across Australia to pull on Pink Tradie beanies and socks to show their support for the 20,030 Australians expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

There are lots of ways to get involved in and support the Pink Tradie campaign, and even some prizes on offer. To find out more, visit Pink Tradie on our website.

Issue 88
Winter 2021