October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month that provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community.
It is an unfortunate fact that all of us know someone close to us that has or will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully due to months like the Breast Cancer Awareness months, the traditional Pink Test Match scheduled at the S.C.G each New Year and continued fundraisers and events put on by various community groups around the country the survival rates continue to improve with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.
For many community clubs across the country we turn to Australia’s favourite summer sport – cricket – and pull together a ‘Pink Stumps Day’ event to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. Sacrilegious is almost the word used for cricket clubs across the country who have the means and don’t hold some sort of fundraising event for Pink Stumps Day.
The Yarrabilba Cricket Association are no different. While our Pink Stumps Day event relies heavily on whatever restrictions are in place with the help of the McGrath Foundation we have come up with alternative ideas that will allow us all to help support the 145 full time trained nurses that currently support thousands of sufferers and their families across the country.
As such we have set our sights on raising $2 000 for the McGrath Foundation and have come up with a number of ways you can help us without leaving your house. This includes a Big Bash Tipping competition and an online auction. The Yarrabilba Cane Toads will in future years (2021-) aim to work with everyone in the community to create an annual event in October each year therefore turning our Pink Stumps Day into a Pink Stumps Day Festival that can be celebrated and enjoyed by all.