Making a pink paddock statement for cancer awareness

With the pink Silo Bag at the 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days was Alberto Mendion, IPESA, Argentina, and brothers Daryl and Brett Phillips, Nendy Enterprise, Gerogery.

A giant pink, inflated grain bag on display at last year’s Henty Machinery Field Days has translated into a donation of $11,200 for regional cancer patients.

The pink grain storage bag was introduced by Silo Bags Australia to support cancer awareness and services.

Silo Bags and regional distributor, Nendy Enterprises, presented a cheque for $10,000 to the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre this week.

Silo Bags business manager Nadia Lakmas said the bags began appearing in many paddocks in the winter cropping areas of Australia last year.

Ms Lakmas said the company was approached by Argentinian supplier, IPESA Silo, about introducing the pink bags to the Australian market.

She said Silo Bags was proud to be the first in the world to adopt the pink bag concept.

“IPESA developed the Silo Bag for grains and today produces about 400,000 bags a year or 50 per cent of the total world market,’’ Ms Lakmas said.

“The pink Silo Bag initiative was strongly supported by the farmers, and so successful has the campaign been, Silo Bags will be marketing pink bags going forward.

“Many farmers and those of the wider community have been personally touched by the effects of cancer.

“By purchasing the pink bags, there is a strong feeling of not only showing support for cancer awareness in a way that really stands out on the horizon, but their purchase also contributes directly to cancer research organisations and support groups in each state.’’

The initial donations are being made this month, with the first recipient being Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund.

“Silo Bags Australia is proud to be the forerunner in the world of this exciting new project, which will make a real difference at a grass roots level to those regional patients battling cancer.’’