Australian Olympian and new Sunrise host, Matt Shirvington and former Miss World Australia turned cricket TV presenter, Erin Holland have teamed up to officially launch the McGrath Foundation’s community fundraising initiative, Pink Stumps Day.
The sports-loving duo are rallying the nation to hit the cricket pitch in pink and host a long lunch, sausage sizzle or afternoon tea any time from this September all the way through to March 2024, with the official Pink Stumps Day taking place on 17 February 2024.
More than 20,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and all funds raised as part of Pink Stumps Day will help to ensure McGrath Breast Care Nurses can continue to provide vital support to people with breast cancer and their families, for free.
Now in its 15th year, Pink Stumps Day is the McGrath Foundation’s largest grass-roots fundraising campaign. Last year the campaign raised more than $850,000 with more than 350 schools, cricket clubs, businesses and community groups taking part. The Foundation hopes this years’ campaign will be even bigger, with a goal of raising $950,000.
Pink Stumps Day Ambassador, Matt Shirvington said, “Unfortunately most Australians know someone who has been touched by breast cancer, myself included. Hitting the pitch in pink for Pink Stumps Day is a great way for people to come together and have some fun while helping to ensure a future where no one with breast cancer misses out on the expert care of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse.
“I’m proud to be this year’s official Pink Stumps Day Ambassador alongside Erin to kick off this campaign which has built an incredible legacy over the past 15 years,” Shirvington continued.
Pink Stumps Day Ambassador Erin Holland added, “It’s an honour to stand alongside Shirvo on behalf of the McGrath Foundation. “For me, Pink Stumps Day is about more than just cricket, it’s about the whole community coming together to show that pink is the colour of care. From the sideline supporters to the legends making the cupcakes and cooking the snags, the coaches, parents and more – pink is an energy and an attitude and it all helps the McGrath Foundation continue its vital work funding McGrath Breast Care Nurses,” Holland continued.
McGrath Foundation Ambassador and Director Tracy Bevan said, “We are incredibly grateful to both Erin Holland and Matt Shirvington for throwing their support behind our Pink Stumps Day campaign which will help bring us closer to reaching our goal of funding 250 McGrath Breast Care Nurses by 2025. An even bigger thank you to the wonderful McGrath Foundation supporters who come together each year to hit the pitch in pink and rally their communities to get involved.”
Since its inception in 2005, the McGrath Foundation has supported more than 123,000 individuals and families impacted by breast cancer and now funds 200 McGrath Breast Care Nurses providing free care and support in communities across Australia.
The McGrath Foundation’s mission is to ensure that no one goes through breast cancer without the care of a breast care nurse. When you register to host a Pink Stumps Day event, you will be supporting the McGrath Foundation’s goal to fund 250 McGrath Breast Care Nurses by 2025, as it works towards this mission.
Everyone who registers to play in pink can choose to receive a set of Pink Stumps for their match. People who register before the end of the Pink Test in January, will also go in the draw for their team to have McGrath Foundation Co-Founder & President Glenn McGrath attend their Pink Stumps Day event on 17 February 2024.
To register and find out more, visit www.pinkstumpsday.com.au