TICKLED PINK: Glenn McGrath, Goulburn’s Loz Westley and Member for Hume Alby Schultz at Friday’s ConnectPink launch. Photo: Brian Hill SAYING HELLO: Special ConnectPink launch guest Governor-General Quentin Bryce chats with Goulburn women Belinda Zantis (slightly obscured), Natasha Barber, Maree Peden, Kim Stamatellis, Jacki Waugh and Jodie Divall. Photo: Gerard Walsh
GOVERNOR-General Quentin Bryce has launched ConnectPink, a new social media site for women, declaring the initiative a means by which rural and regional communities throughout Australia will be further strengthened.
Within hours of its launch at Lake George Winery on Friday morning, connectpink南京夜网.au had more than 1200 members registered online and numbers were growing.
The Fairfax Regional Media initiative targets the four million women who live outside metropolitan cities, linking them with friends, shopping and business opportunities.
Sporting a bright pink outfit, Ms Bryce told an audience of more than 120 women from regional Australia, including many from the Southern Tablelands, that ConnectPink brought together significant elements of modern Australia.
GLENN McGRATH at the Connect Pink Launch at Lake George (video starts and stops suddenly).
“ConnectPink recognises that country people are technically savvy and advanced in the Internet and in social media,” she said.
“I’m sure ConnectPink will make it easier for isolated women to stay in touch regularly with friends and to enjoy the immediacy of contact that’s intrinsic to mutual support.
“I’m enormously pleased that ConnectPink has established an important link with the McGrath Foundation, raising funds to provide more specialists breast care nurses in as many regional locations as possible.”
Another special launch guest, Glenn McGrath, founder of the McGrath Foundation with his late wife Jane, said growing up in the bush he could never have known he would be so closely associated with the colour pink.
But Mr McGrath, sporting a pink tie, said there were some strong synergies in the ConnectPink and McGrath Foundation partnership.
“Like you, we’re really focused on rural and regional Australia; the fact I was born and bred in the bush adds a lot more to it,” he said.
“The fact you feel the McGrath Foundation is a worthwhile cause to be associated with makes me feel very proud too.” Fairfax Regional Media chief executive officer and publisher, Allan Browne, said the decision to focus on women was a natural one.
“Whether in business, fundraising, community affairs, the local footy team or the school fete, women are the drivers of so much of what is achieved in a community,” he said.
“They are the inspiration for ConnectPink.”
Content director for ConnectPink, Angela Carey, said it had made sense to bring the McGrath Foundation on board to a social media site aimed at women in rural and regional Australia.
“It’s the very place where many breast care nurses are placed,” she said.
Ms Carey said the site would offer a safe and supportive environment providing members with opportunities to chat, blog, shop and swap.
“We will be offering businesses the opportunity to be involved by partner with us by offering exclusive offers to our members,” she said.
“We will be drawing upon our journalists from Fairfax Regional Media to provide stories of inspiring women and men who live in rural and regional Australia.
“We want you to go away and have your own journey of delight and discovery as you explore the site yourself.
“It will be very much about us and the communities we belong to.”
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