Rosy launch for social media site

NETWORKING: South Coast Register staff and Stockland Nowra retailers turn pink for the day to mark the launch of new social networking site ConnectPink on Friday.SHOPPERS and retailers at Stockland Nowra were in the pink on Friday for the launch of Fairfax Regional Media’s new social networking site.ConnectPink is aimed at the four million women who live in rural and regional Australia and they showed up in droves for special bargain offers, mini makeovers and to join the new site.South Coast Register manager Rachael Thornett said she was particularly impressed with the numbers of people making donations to ConnectPink’s charity partner, the McGrath Foundation.“Jamaica Blue had a bucket for people to put their change into and a couple even handed us $50 notes,” Mrs Thornett said.She was thrilled with the amount of interest shown in the new social networking site.“A lot of people said they hadn’t been interested in Facebook, but they were interested in ConnectPink.”The mini makeup makeovers and pink pedicures were particularly popular.“A lot of people said they planned to come because they were going out on Friday night – the makeovers would have saved them $100.“There would have been a lot of good looking residents out over the weekend.”On a national level ConnectPink was launched by Governor General Quentin Bryce who said the new site would further strengthen rural and regional communities throughout Australia.Speaking at Lake George Winery in Collector, Ms Bryce said ConnectPink brought together significant elements of modern Australia.“Our thirst for the latest news from home and around the world, the vitality of rural and regional communities, those historic networks that country women always share and always have, our heightened awareness of health issues and our deep concern about the prevalence of breast cancer,” she said.“I’m enormously pleased that ConnectPink has established an important link with the McGrath Foundation, raising funds to provide more specialist breast care nurses in as many regional locations as possible.”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 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.”Within hours of its launch Friday morning connectpink南京夜网.au had more than 1200 members registered on line and numbers were growing.ConnectPink aims to discover and delightContent director for ConnectPink, Angela Carey, said the site would offer a safe and supportive environment providing members with opportunities to chat, blog, shop and swap.“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,” she said.“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.”• For more on the ConnectPink launch see Business on page 6 today and Community Focus in Wednesday’s South Coast Register.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.