Breast cancer event turns grandstands pink at SCG – Cricket fans are encouraged to wear pink to the third day of the Australia versus India test match to support the McGrath foundation.
It is hard to find someone who has not been affected by the devastating impact of breast cancer, which may be one of the reasons why so many people are willing to support causes that promote research in this area.
And visitors to the Sydney Cricket Ground are doing their best to lend a helping hand by wearing pink to day three of the Australia versus India test match.
Fans have been encouraged to take part in the Jane McGrath foundation's annual Pink Stumps day by donning the traditionally female colour to show their support for women everywhere in the battle against breast cancer.
Along with pink shirts, trousers, hats and accessories organisers have also arranged for pink signs, stumps and batting grips to change the tone of this annual sporting highlight.
The charity event is expected to raise more than $1 million for the foundation that was set up in honour of the cricketing great Glenn McGrath's wife Jane, who sadly passed away in 2008 after a very public struggle with breast cancer.
Cricket fans will also get to listen to the former fast bowler chat with ABC radio personalities about the work the foundation does throughout the country during the annual Jane McGrath High Tea.
However, if you don't make it to the ground but would still like to support the charity there are a number of events and fundraisers that will be taking place in the coming months.
In February, thousands of clubs are planning to go pink holding fundraisers and barbeques at local grounds.
There is also the option of making a donation to the foundation and going in the draw to win a 'baggy pink' cap signed by one of the game's top players or tickets to the hotly anticipated Allan Border Medal presentation in Melbourne.
Proceeds from the pink Test and similar events will be directed to the foundation's health care program, which places speciality nurses with experience in breast cancer in communities around the country.
In Australia one in ten women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their adult life, according to research from the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia.
It is not known why so many women and some men develop this illness, however, age, family history, genetics, lifestyle and hormone levels are all thought to play a contributing role.
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