Pinktober 2021

By Pinktober 2019

Pinktober 2020 - Queensland and Tasmania

October is breast cancer awareness month. 

Each year in Tasmania and Queensland I have run a successful campaign across many years to highlight breast cancer month (called ‘Pinktober’) with a calendar of events and lighting up of landmarks around these states, turning these landmarks pink across the month of October, and with civic receptions held at both Government House Hobart and Government House Brisbane. 

Sites lit pink previously in Tasmania across multiple years have included Hellenic House, The Hobart City Council sites at  Railway Roundabout Fountain, Elizabeth Mall, Salamanca Place, Franklin Square, and the Cardinal Lights, as well as the Boathouse Restaurant, TasTAFE, Hadley's Orient Hotel, and Government House Hobart to name a few.

The campaign later extended to Queensland in 2018, with major landmarks joining the campaign, and launched with a civic reception at Government House in Brisbane.  

Sites that have lit up pink include The Brisbane City Council sites at the Reddacliff Place Steam Sculptures, The Story Bridge, Tropical Display Dome at the Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha, and Victoria Bridge, The Sandgate Town Hall, The Department of Heritage site at Kurilpa Bridge, The Treasury Building in Brisbane’s CBD, The Wheel of Brisbane, The Queensland Performing Arts Centre Building, The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Royal On the Park Brisbane, Suncorp Stadium, various sites across Logan City including the Logan City Council Administration block, The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges with thanks to Transurban Queensland, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre,  The Gabba, Wintergarden (Queen Street Mall) and 170 Queen Street (Adelaide Street Façade).

The idea of this campaign is to shine a spotlight on breast cancer awareness and to highlight the work that the National Breast Cancer Foundation does in funding world class research into breast cancer research, finding answers and improving outcomes for those diagnosed each year.

Thursday 1 October is the commencement date for Pinktober, breast cancer awareness month in 2020. It would be wonderful to be able to promote the campaign widely across both states for this year, and ensure that the public know why these landmarks are pink at this time.

Contact for more information, to discuss a possible feature,  or to suggest a site to be ‘pinked’.

Breast cancer is  the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia. The Pinktober campaign aims to shine a spotlight on breast cancer awareness and highlight the work of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) in funding game-changing breast cancer research. Research that will help detect tumours earlier, improve outcomes and ultimately - save lives.

With 1 in 7 women and 1 in 675 men diagnosed in their lifetime, it’s a disease which we cannot ignore. But together, we can change the outcomes.

I encourage people to share their Pinktober photos in October on social media at and tag @NBCFAustralia in October.

Pinktober 2020 across Queensland and Tasmania

Confirmed sites and events for 2020 are as follows:


1 October 2020 to 31 October 2020

Royal on the Park Brisbane

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (with the exception of 14 and 17 October 2020


1 October to 31 October 2020

Volvo Cars Brisbane North Showroom at 773 Ann Street Fortitude Valley, with thanks to the team at Volvo Cars Brisbane North and High Noon Stage Productions 


1 and 2 October 2020

Kurilpa Bridge with thanks to the Department of Housing and Public Works

Reddacliff Place Donna Marcus Steam Sculptures, Story Bridge, Tropical Display Dome at the Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha, with thanks to the Brisbane City Council


2 October 2020

Victoria Bridge with thanks to the Brisbane City Council


1 to 3 October 2020

City Hall Brisbane, with thanks to Brisbane City Council


2 to 3 October 2020

Sandgate Town Hall with thanks to Brisbane City Council


5 October to 8 October 2020

Kurilpa Bridge with thanks to the Department of Housing and Public Works


5 October to 11 October 2020

Queensland Performing Arts Centre with thanks to QPAC


25 October to 29 October 2020

Kurilpa Bridge with thanks to the Department of Housing and Public Works


During the first week of October commencing 1 October 2020 and for the last week of October ending 31 October 2020 

Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges with thanks to Transurban Queensland


Logan Water Towers at Wineglass Drive, Hillcrest, Telfer Street, Shailer Park and Brookvale Drive, Underwood, will be lit pink during October, with thanks to the Logan City Council


12 October 2020

A civic function will be hosted by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, and Mrs Kaye de Jersey, to mark breast cancer awareness month


Suncorp Stadium will also be lighting pink during October 2020



1 October to 11 October 2020:

The Railway Roundabout Fountain, Elizabeth Mall, Kennedy Lane in Salamanca Place, Franklin Square, and the Cardinal Lights at the Hobart waterfront, with thanks to the Hobart City Council


1 October to 11 October 2020

The Crowne Plaza Hobart will be lit pink for this period, with thanks to the team at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Hobart

Crowne Plaza Hobart are also hosting a cake bake and barbecue event for staff during October, raising funds to proudly support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  

Please do share your Pinktober site photos in October on social media and tag @EventsTasmania and @NBCFAustralia 

My Updates

With thanks for the support on Saturday 14 March 2020

Friday 20th Mar

Saturday's event was a resounding success with just over $2,000.00 raised from ribbon sales and an auction of the Tasplates prize, when the winner kindly donated his prize back to fundraise.  This figure adds to the previous tally collectively to bring the grand total raised since this event began in October 2012 here in Hobart to $24,798.00 locally and $40,198.00 nationally.

The event began nine years as the brain child of Rodney Belbin and Judi Adams and has been an event that Shannons has run across a number of states, proudly supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  It is a firm favourite with car enthusiasts, car clubs, attendees and the general public.


Winning vehicles for the 2020 event were:

Tasplates People’s Choice – Ken Hall's 1913 Leon Bollee which has the most amazing history, and was a labour of love by Ken to restore the vehicle*

Shannons Most Prized Vehicle– 1955 XK 140 Jaguar owned by Wayne Goninon.

Many thanks to everyone who assisted and attended. Special thanks to Dragons Abreast Hobart, and to Sue Hillam for her work to make this another fabulous day, and to our loyal volunteers. The event is one which supports the work of the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund first class research projects.

Photos will be posted to the Events Tasmania facebook page in the days to come.

With thanks also to all attendees, donors, sponsors and supporters. TasPlates,  Pennicott's Wilderness Journeys, Moonah Mufflers,  and Sperling, who all provided prizes, major event Partner Shannons, the Mercury,  the Hobart Observer, Janelle McMillan, Tasmanian Times, 7HO FM, 7 Nightly News, and 936 ABC Radio Hobart who all also assisted to make this event a success, as too the generous car owners and those who came and donated.  

See you in 2021 for the TENTH year of this event.

A big thanks to all volunteers for their assistance at the event today, without this support we could not achieve such fabulous results.

Our next Hobart event after the Mother's Day Classic fun run 12 May 2019 will be Pinktober, which sees the Hobart CBD and Government House at the Queen's Domain lit up pink for October - breast cancer awareness month.  Do contact me for more information or to support across this period.

* I believe that the car was actually restored from two vehicles found in Tasmania, one down the Huon, and the other in Derby.  The local nuns in Derby used to drive their vehicle to Church on Sundays.  The resulting vehicle required Ken to actually hand machine and craft parts given the rarity and lack of parts available due to the vehicle's age.

What a fine piece of work this car is!

SATURDAY 14 March 2020                                                    Shannons Take Your Tops Off for Breast Cancer Research- Hobart is an annual event held in Hobart, hosted by Shannons, and proudly supporting breast cancer research.
All funds raised are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation
This year was the ninth year, and this event has become one that Shannons supports nationally and now hosts across other states throughout Australia. 

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public.

I really believe research is the best way to prevent deaths, and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated. NBCF is working towards one goal: zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. Together we can help them get there.

Click 'Donate' to make a secure online donation and help me reach my goal. Every donation, big or small, will help me get there. Please donate today.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and you will be issued with a tax-deductible receipt via email as soon as you make your donation.

Thank you so much for your support!

Thank you to my Supporters


Proceeds Of Event


Michael Horwood

Raise a drink; 'To Pinktober"


The Blackmarket - Lux Lingerie


Chris Edwards

Hello Judi, as mentioned Geraldine and I are unable to participate this year,hence this donation toward what we hope will be a successful day. Regards,Chris.




Matthew Clarke


Mama T’s Bakehouse