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Australian of Year nominations stun Pink Tink

HELPING OTHERS: Fundraising hero Alana McMullen, known as Pink Tink, has been nominated for Australian of the Year for her efforts in helping people with terminal illness fulfill their wishes.
HELPING OTHERS: Fundraising hero Alana McMullen, known as Pink Tink, has been nominated for Australian of the Year for her efforts in helping people with terminal illness fulfill their wishes. Luka Kauzlaric

UNDERNEATH the pink wig and fairy wings, Alana McMullen is a humble woman who shies away from the spotlight.

But it's the difference she makes in people's lives as the outgoing Pink Tin' that has earned her not one, but two Australian of the Year nominations.

The devoted volunteer organises fundraising events for the terminally ill through Tink's Wish List, an initiative she started after losing her husband and friend to different cancers.

Already heavily involved in various fundraising activities, Ms McMullen was inspired to create Tink's Wish List, when her husband Tom was diagnosed with late stage bowl cancer.

At 49 all he wanted was a 50th birthday party - a request that couldn't be met by existing charities.

Since then Ms McMullen has helped several people fulfil their wishes and make the most of the time they have left.

Upon hearing of her nomination, Ms McMullen wanted to keep it quiet, taking her six months to finally tell people about it.

"You look at the people that have won it, and they're all celebrities and stuff you don't really see just normal people getting it so I was a bit overwhelmed actually," she said.

"I am going to do it (the charity work) anyway, you don't need an award to do it."

Her current mission is to raise enough money to buy a car with wheel chair access for Shontae Denniss, which is expected to cost about $60-70,000.

The six-year-old has Rett syndrome which affects her ability to walk and talk.

It is hoped that the Crazy Costume Family Fun Day at the Boyne Tannum Golf Club on June 28 will add to their current total of $11,000 that she has raised over the last 15 months.

People can follow Tink's Wish List at www.facebook.com/TinksWishList.

Topics:  australian of the year charity fundraising



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