With Australia looking to complete a ‘pinkwash’ of England at the SCG, there’s even more reason to celebrate this week as the McGrath Foundation hits its Maiden Ton with the funding of its 100th McGrath Breast Care Nurse.
Glenn McGrath (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Over the last six years, the Pink Test has become an iconic event on the sporting calendar in support of the McGrath Foundation and its nationwide network of McGrath Breast Care Nurses. Since 2009, Australian cricket, through Cricket Australia’s (CA) Cricket Cares program, has helped directly fund eight Breast Care Nurses.
Thanks to continued funding from the Federal Government, which includes 44 existing McGrath Breast Care Nurse positions, an additional 13 McGrath Breast Care Nurse positions have been also been funded by the Federal Government – scoring the McGrath Foundation their first century. Positions will be filled in Wollongong (NSW), Queanbeyan (NSW), Townsville (QLD), Darwin (NT), Port Pirie (SA), Murray Bridge (SA), Mount Gambier (SA), Mandurah (WA), Mornington (VIC), Lismore (NSW), Geraldton (WA), Narrogin (WA) and Alice Springs (NT).
McGrath Foundation Co-Founder and President Glenn McGrath said he is not only thrilled about Australia winning back the urn but the Foundation reaching such a significant milestone during the sixth Pink Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“The Pink Test has a very special place in my heart. Turning up to the SCG each morning and seeing queues of people wearing pink to show their support really shows me that the McGrath Foundation has made a huge impression on the community,” McGrath said. “It’s an honour to hit a Test century and to know that the McGrath Foundation has hit their maiden ton and have helped support 25,000 families really blows me away.
“We still have a long way to go to ensure every family experiencing breast cancer in Australia has access to a breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation, so we really hope everyone will dig deep again this Pink Test to show their support.
“It’s really easy for people to get involved at the Ground or at home – jump onto pinktest.com.au and make a donation before the end of the Pink Test and you can win 500,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points thanks to our generous friends at Qantas – imagine being able to follow the team on tour.”
CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said he’s extremely proud of the contribution cricket has made to the McGrath Foundation hitting its maiden ton.
“The Pink Test has become a feature of the summer of cricket. Arriving at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January each year to see the ground covered in pink is a reminder of cricket’s positive contribution to the community,” Sutherland said.
“I encourage fans to continue the fantastic support they have given over the years to help add to the $5 million raised during Pink Tests since 2009.”
The Sydney Cricket Ground, players and fans will be covered in pink during the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Pink Test, which begins tomorrow, 3 January 2014.
As is now customary, players will don pink on their shirts and hand signed ‘Baggy Pink” caps to Glenn McGrath prior to play on Day 3. Amidst the on-field action, the sixth annual Jane McGrath High Tea will take place in the Indoor Cricket Centre during the lunch break on Day 3.
A multitude of activities will mark the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Pink Test, including:
- Day 3 renamed ‘Jane McGrath Day’
- The renaming of the Ladies Stand as the ‘Jane McGrath Stand’
- Jane McGrath High Tea on Day 3 in the Indoor Cricket Centre
- Specially designed pinked ASICS Australian team playing shirts
- Members of the Australian team wearing limited edition pink Oakley sunglasses provided by OPSM
- Commonwealth Bank turning their branding pink and donating $100 for each four and six
- Players signing and donating signed albion ‘Baggy Pink’ caps and playing shirts
- Limited edition pink bandanas available in exchange for a gold coin donation
- Fans can win half a million Qantas Frequent Flyer points by simply donating to the McGrath Foundation at www.pinktest.com.au throughout the Test.
AUSTRALIAN CRICKET TEAM (Photo credit: RubyGoes)
To support the McGrath Foundation during this year Commonwealth Bank Ashes Pink Test, cricket fans at the ground and at home can:
- Donate & WIN – for a chance to WIN half a million Qantas Frequent Flyer points, donate to the McGrath Foundation at www.pinktest.com.au anytime between now and the end of the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Pink Test.
- Pink up – If you’re at the SCG, pick up a limited edition bandana for a gold coin donation or visit the merchandise concession stands for limited edition McGrath Foundation merchandise. Fans that can’t make it to the ground can still show your support by visiting our Shop Pink at www.pinktest.com.au and purchasing something pink.
- Don’t miss the McGrath Foundation auction – rare items collected from the Pink Test over the years as well as from the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Pink Test, including signed players’ shirts, baggy pink caps and Oakley sunglasses worn by Australian players will be auctioned. Visit www.pinktest.com.au to find out more, bidding will start from midday on Sunday 5 January.
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