Stumps for breast cancer

4 March 2020|Sport| Off Comments off on Stumps for breast cancer|

CLAREMONT Cricket and Football Club was covered in pink mid-January when it held its annual Pink Stumps Day, raising money for the Jane McGrath Foundation.

Now in its ninth year, the Pink Stumps Day event was held on 18 January with more than 130 people attending.

Claremont Football Club president and Claremont Cricket Club treasurer Christine Carr said the organisers put on the biggest day yet and raised more than $7,400 for breast cancer awareness.

“It started off as a morning tea and then we had auctions and raffles with Ben Ayers from LJ Hooker as Master of Ceremonies,” she said.

“There was a game of cricket on and we kept food going all day, with a lot of people not leaving until late in the afternoon – it was a really fun day.”

Ms Carr said breast cancer was a disease that impacted everyone.

“There are so many women involved with our club and it’s not just women, men suffer breast cancer as well, so we started Pink Stumps Day nine years ago to raise money for our breast care nurses,” she said.

“We have a few of our members currently going through breast cancer treatment and a couple of others who have fought through it and got the all clear.”

The organising team of Eileen Lockley, Michelle Bearman, Gail Dikes, Cheryl Hyland and Jenna Pearsell are looking to expand the event and make it bigger and better in the future.

“There were a lot of new people there that hadn’t been to the club before and they had a great time and said they would be back next year,” Ms Carr said.

“We’re hoping to get more people, more donations and more businesses involved to donate prizes and auction items – that way we will be able to raise a lot more money for a great cause.”

McGrath breast care nurse Jenny Cooper and metastatic McGrath breast care nurse Paula Lagerewkij also attended.

“One in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85, making the support of a McGrath breast care nurse all the more important,” Ms Cooper said.

“It is inspiring to see events held at a local level to support local nurses and those affected by breast cancer.”

Ms Lagerewkij said Pinks Stumps Day was one of the McGrath Foundation’s most successful community fundraising initiatives, with events like this happening around the country.

“Pink Stumps Day helps raise funds for McGrath breast care nurses like me to support people with breast cancer and their families,” she said.

Caption: The Claremont Cricket Club team donned pink in support of Pink Stumps Day.

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