A splash of pink will be added to cricket pitches around the nation this Saturday for the McGrath Foundation’s Pink Stumps Day.
The Hotel Denman Abermain Dragons will be among the teams donning pink caps and pads for the event, which raises funds for breast care nurses in communities across Australia.
The Dragons field third and fourth grade sides in the Cessnock District Cricket Association competition.
Third grade will take on Peden’s at Turner Park on Saturday, while fourth grade will also play Peden’s at Baddeley 3.
The curators for each match will be donating their match fees to the McGrath Foundation.
Breast cancer is a cause close to the heart of the family-orientated club.
Hotel Denman Abermain publican Mel Crockett’s mother, Janet Sullivan, passed away from the disease just over three years ago.
The hotel will host a Pink Stumps Night after Saturday’s games, with a pink dress-up theme, live entertainment by the Gasoline Halos, a sausage sizzle, raffles and an auction of the Pink Stumps kit.
While the official Pink Stumps Day is on February 18, participants are welcome to host their event before then or anytime up to April 2017.
Cessnock West Public School is also supporting the campaign, and will hold its Pink Stumps Day on March 2.
McGrath Foundation ambassador and director Tracy Bevan challenges the rest of the community to go pink and is encouraging everyone to participate.
“Pink Stumps Day is a great way to bring the magic of the Pink Test to your home town or suburb while having fun, showing off your cricket skills and raising money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia,” she said.
Pink Stumps Day plays a vital fundraising role to help achieve the foundation’s mission of ensuring every family impacted by breast cancer has access to a dedicated breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation.
McGrath Foundation president and co-founder Glenn McGrath recognises the contribution Australian communities make through fundraising and awareness raising activities for the McGrath Foundation.
“This is the seventh annual Pink Stumps Day and it continues to be our biggest community fundraising initiative; we are incredibly grateful for the support of people from right across the country,” he said.
“Our 117 McGrath Breast Care Nurses make life for families experiencing breast cancer just that little bit easier; they’re at the heart of what we do at the McGrath Foundation.”
Register your event at pinkstumpsday.com.au.