Last chance to stump up for cricket’s pink day

NEXT in the Pink Test batting order are the 1000 grassroots cricket clubs, businesses, schools and community groups that will stump up for the McGrath Foundation on February 23. 

There are only a few weeks to go and a handful of spots left for the third annual Pink Stumps Day, an initiative of the McGrath Foundation and Cricket Cares, Cricket Australia’s community action program.

To thank groups for participating, the first 1000 cricket clubs, schools, businesses or community groups to register will receive a unique online fundraising page to help their fundraising efforts, as well as a Pink Stumps Day team kit, valued at over $500. 

The kit includes one set of hot pink stumps and bails, one set of hot pink wicket-keeping pads, one hot pink duffle bag, six hot pink cricket training balls, 15 hot pink caps, 15 sew-on badges, Pink Stumps Day tattoos and three McGrath Foundation collection tins.

Plus, every registered group will have the opportunity to enter a competition to win some “amazing” prizes, including a visit from McGrath Foundation chairman and co-founder, Glenn McGrath.

The success of the Pink Test in Sydney earlier this month has helped raise at least $430,000, but more needs to be done so that the McGrath Foundation can reach its vision of ensuring that every family experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse. 

With 79 McGrath Breast Care Nurses working nationally, McGrath says the McGrath Foundation believes 150 McGrath Breast Care Nurses are needed in order to achieve this vision.

“Having raised close to 1.35 million dollars in the last two years, Pink Stumps Day has become a community cricket fixture and part of the McGrath Foundation fabric, playing an important role in helping us ensure every family experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse regardless of their location or financial situation,” the great fast bowler said.   

For two years, thousands of Aussie cricketers have staged their own mini Pink Tests in their communities, inspired by the work of the McGrath Foundation, Jane McGrath and the Aussie cricketers on-field at the SCG during the Sydney Pink Test, raising close to $1.35 million for the McGrath Foundation.

Registered groups will be encouraged to invite friends and family to wear pink on the day and arrange fundraising activities such as a gold coin donation, sausage sizzle, a pink food stall and face painting, as well as having volunteers roam the field with collection tins for donations. 

All proceeds from the day will be donated to the McGrath Foundation to place McGrath breast care nurses in communities right across Australia and to increase breast awareness in young women.

Groups can now register to participate in Pink Stumps Day and receive their Pink Stumps team kit bag at www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au.

Registration closes when the first 1000 places are filled.

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