CENTRAL Victorian cricket clubs, schools, businesses and community group have been encouraged to get back in the pink, with the third annual Pink Stumps Day for breast cancer awareness fast approaching.
The McGrath Foundation and Cricket Australia joint initiative is aiming for 1000 organisations to back the event on February 23.
The nationwide event has raised almost $1.35 million in the past two years, and the McGrath Foundation has raised almost $3.5 million in four years since its involvement with cricket, which has made eight breast care nurses positions possible.
McGrath Foundation chairman and co-founder Glenn McGrath said the support from the cricket community was appreciated.
“Having raised close to $1.35 million in the past 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,” he said.
“We believe we need 150 McGrath breast care nurses to achieve this goal.”
The first 1000 cricket clubs, schools, businesses or community groups to register will receive a unique online fundraising page, as well as a Pink Stumps Day kit valued at more than $500.
The kit includes a set of hot-pink stumps and bails, a 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.
Every registered group will also have the chance to win prizes.
Groups can now register to take part in Pink Stumps Day and receive the kit bag at www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au
Registration will close when the 1000 places are filled.