Pink Stumps Day
Rule out the salmon, blush, baby and rose – this year’s Pink Stumps Day colour is hot pink.
Traditionally, the third day of the first Sydney Test match of the year is known as Jane McGrath Day when supporters flock to the Sydney Cricket Ground dressed in their pink best. This year the event falls on Saturday 23 February.
Since 2009, the McGrath Foundation has decided to share the love of Jane McGrath Day to include everyone in a nation-wide initiative known as Pink Stumps Day. This way cricket clubs and schools nation-wide can participate in their own community organised Pink Test to raise funds. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink and show their support for the fight against breast cancer.
Pink Stumps day was inspired by the life of Jane McGrath, wife of Aussie legend Glenn McGrath, who fought against the illness until her death in June 2008. The McGraths created the Foundation in 2002 shortly after Jane’s initial diagnosis.
The money raised goes towards locating McGrath Breast Care Nurses to communities around Australia to provide support for every family in all financial situations and locations. The initiative also increases awareness for breast cancer in young women.
As of January this year, the McGrath Foundation has raised enough funds to provide for 80 of the much-needed 150 Breast Care Nurse positions.
Pink Stumps Day has the support of Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW, Vodafone, the SCG Trust, the Australian Government, as well as community fundraisers and corporate and public donations. This year alone Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced an $18.5 million donation to the McGrath Foundation on behalf of the Australian Government.