Sue's Pink Angels honour pillar of Kimba community

PREPARATION: Theresa Harris, Sue Woolford, Teresa Girdham and Jo Schaefer are training for the Mother's Day Classic.
PREPARATION: Theresa Harris, Sue Woolford, Teresa Girdham and Jo Schaefer are training for the Mother's Day Classic.

More than 60 people from across South Australia and beyond will come together in Adelaide on Mother's Day to honour Sue Beinke, a much-loved member of the Kimba community.

Mrs Beinke passed away earlier this year after a ten year battle with breast cancer.

Over her time in Kimba she was named life member of the football and netball club and the Eastern Eyre Netball Association, served a term as councillor, was named Citizen of the Year in 2015 and volunteered in almost every way imaginable.

Raising funds for cancer sufferers became a passion of hers, with her Pink Nights and other fundraising efforts raising more than $50,000 through the years.

More than 300 people turned out to Mrs Beinke's 'Tour de Crawf' event in 2013 to welcome footballer Shane Crawford to the down during his fundraising marathon.

This Mother's Day, the Eyre Peninsula community is continuing the tradition.

Mrs Beinke's daughter Tessa McKenna, based in Kyancutta, had the idea just over a month ago to participate in the Mother's Day Classic with her sister M'Lis, a 7.4 kilometre fundraising walk in Adelaide to be held on May 12.

With plenty of Mrs Beinke's friends wanting to join in, the 'Sue's Pink Angels' team was formed, named after Sue's favourite song by Robbie Williams.

The team, now with more than 60 members from across South Australia and even one participant from Melbourne, is one of the largest participating groups in the country.

Mrs McKenna said she was overwhelmed by the support of the community from when she first began fundraising.

"Within the first weekend I'd already raised $1000," she said.

A 300 Club fundraiser for the group sold out within 24 hours, then sold out again when an additional 100 tickets were added.

The EP community has thrown their support behind what is now called the 'Monster Raffle,' with sixteen prizes on offer.

Within the first month of fundraising, the team has exceeded $14,000 with multiple events yet to come.

"It's very humbling when people donate... they usually say something about Mum, something they remember," Mrs McKenna said.

"It's also raising money and hopefully preventing another family from having to go through what we went through."

As one of the most successful fundraisers in the state this year, Mrs McKenna has been named an ambassador of the event, and has been given the opportunity to place a family photo along Inspiration Lane, to be blown up for all participants to see as they walk the route on the day.

FAMILY: Sue's daughter Tessa McKenna will be participating with two-year-old Cooper and six-month-old Nahla.

FAMILY: Sue's daughter Tessa McKenna will be participating with two-year-old Cooper and six-month-old Nahla.

Kimba local Sue Woolford is one of a group of Mrs Beinke's close friends who will be forming the Kimba contingent at the classic.

She said the group were participating to support Mrs Beinke's family and honour her legacy.

"She was so passionate about raising cancer awareness, we're honouring her," she said.

"She's been an inspiration to us all."

Both the Kimba Football and Netball Club and the Central Eyre Football and Netball Club will be holding a Pink Day to raise funds, with Kimba's scheduled for Mother's Day weekend.

A wellness morning will be held at the school gymnasium next weekend on April 28 with brunch, yoga, pilates and children's boxing.

Those who are unable to travel to Adelaide to participate in the event can join a walk in Kimba from 10am May 12 starting at the old playing courts.

Those wishing to donate can also visit mothersdayclassic19.everydayhero.com/au/sue-s-pink-angels.