Stonestreet's Coaches Gladstone celebrated turning their efforts in raising money for the Pink Ribbon Fundraiser, by decorating their buses and selling raffle tickets.
Stonestreet's Coaches Gladstone celebrated turning their efforts in raising money for the Pink Ribbon Fundraiser, by decorating their buses and selling raffle tickets. Mike Richards

Pink buses help a cause close to home

A MATCHING tattoo on Duaine Tribolet and Elizabeth Patterson's wrists gives a stark reminder of Elizabeth's battle with cancer.

The Stonestreets Coaches driver and his sister gathered with other staff from the bus company to celebrate their contribution to the Cancer Council throughout October, the month of the Pink Ribbon fundraiser.

Buses decorated with pink bows, balloons and ribbons will make their way around Gladstone while drivers sell raffle tickets onboard.

Mr Tribolet was privileged to be part of the fundraising effort, to help other families who have been touched by the disease.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in May last year, Ms Patterson was able to have it cured due to an early detection, chemotherapy and radiology.

She had her last round of chemotherapy in January and radiology in February.

"The worst part was losing my hair, I had long black curly hair... I just don't feel like me anymore.

"The scar has been tough dealing with as well," she said of her two lumpectomies.

Since her bout with the disease her family has taken on the challenge to raise money for the Cancer Council.

"It's pretty close to home which is why I've been doing a bit more (fundraising) than before - now any chance I get I try my best to help," Mr Tribolet said.

By selling merchandise and raffle tickets he hopes to raise $500. If he succeeds - he will continue the pink trend by dying his hair pink.

Depot manager Adele Carwardine said it was the first time they had raised money for Pink Ribbon fundraiser.

"We have a few workers who have been touched by cancer whether it be through family or friends. My mum has survived breast and bowel cancer... it's just so common."

The organisation purchased bright pink vests for drivers to purchase and wear throughout the month.

They hope to raise $10,000.

AT A GLANCE:

  • More than 3900 Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer this year.
  • Almost 44,000 Queensland women are alive today after a diagnosis of women's cancers in the past 25 years.
  • In central Queensland around 1170 people are diagnosed with cancer each year.
  • Cancer Council Queensland aims to raise $2.35 million through Pink Ribbon Day and Pink Ribbon fundraising events this year.