NSW Police Deputy Commissioner David Hudson was joined by Glenn McGrath, McGrath Foundation CEO Petra Buchanan and McGrath Breast Care Nurse Elaine Arnold this morning as the NSW Police Force donated more than $80,000 to the McGrath Foundation following the Commonwealth Bank Pink Test.
On Thursday 5 January 2017, Jane McGrath Day, more than 100 police traded in their blue hats for pink caps in support of the Pink Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground to help raise funds for breast cancer support.
As part of the Force’s fundraising efforts, officers rostered during the Pink Test gave up their wages for the day, and members across the organisation donated to the cause throughout the month of December.
In addition, two NSW Police Force pink caps – both signed by the Australian and Pakistan National Cricket Teams – were auctioned online.
Money raised ensures that individuals suffering from breast cancer are supported by a McGrath Breast Care Nurse who provides invaluable physical, psychological, and emotional support from the point of diagnosis, and throughout their treatment journey – free of charge.
The Foundation currently funds 117 breast care nurses in communities across Australia that have supported more than 50,000 families.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner David Hudson said he was proud of every officer who stepped up to support the important work of the McGrath Foundation.
“We had a fantastic response at the Pink Test; the community really got behind police and the McGrath Foundation,” Deputy Commissioner Hudson said.
“And it wasn’t just police on the day; many right across the organisation showed their support by contributing to our fundraising throughout the month of December.
“Our Dog Unit and Mounted Unit also wowed the Pink Test crowd by joining the ‘pink’ trend, all of which spurred on conversation to boost breast cancer awareness,” Deputy Commissioner Hudson said.
“Most of us have been affected by cancer in some way; whether it’s a family member, friend or colleague, or those who are battling the disease themselves.
“The Pink Test was therefore a wonderful opportunity to make a positive difference to families continuing to battle this devastating illness.”
"Community support is vital to the McGrath Foundation," said CEO Petra Buchanan. "The NSW Police Force has shown their generosity as an organisation and individually with officers donating their pay to fundraise for McGrath Breast Care Nurses. We are very grateful for their contributions during the Pink Test."
“It was amazing to see the NSW Police go pink on Jane McGrath Day and by fundraising and donating their pay on the day it helps us make life that little bit easier for families that are experiencing breast cancer”, said Glenn McGrath.