Batting for the Metro Tails is Sam Casagrande with Georgia Redmayne wicketkeeping for the Alstonville Dental Destroyers.
Batting for the Metro Tails is Sam Casagrande with Georgia Redmayne wicketkeeping for the Alstonville Dental Destroyers. Doug Eaton

Pink Stumps boosts cancer funds

CRICKETERS, punters and community members donned their pink attire on Sunday for the Pink Stumps Fundraiser super eight cricket day in Alstonville.

One of 800 clubs to participate in Pink Stumps this year, Alstonville and District Cricket Club raised $1440 from local businesses for the McGrath Foundation. The day raised a total of $4500.

Pink Stumps Day is an initiative of the McGrath Foundation, a breast cancer charity established in memory of cricketer Glenn McGrath's wife Jane who died of the disease in 2008.

The foundation is endeavouring to ensure every Australian family experiencing breast cancer has access to the support of a breast cancer nurse, as well as increasing breast cancer awareness in young women.

The Alstonville Cricket Club hosted their Pink Stumps challenge at Geoff Watt Oval and drew a crowd of about 150.

The cricket challenge was in an eight-team franchise format, with business owners bidding for a franchise in a team.

The day was complete with pink wickets, balls and equipment, provided by the McGrath Foundation.

Alstonville and District Cricket Club president Wayne Garrard said the donations were well above what he expected.

"I was being fairly conservative when I estimated we would raise $700 (from businesses for the franchises) and we are well past that," he said.

"The McGrath Foundation is a good charity in terms of breast cancer awareness. We have had a number of members who have had family members suffering from breast cancer so we wanted to get on board.

"It was also a way of getting the club together to have some in the sun and all wear pink."

Mr Garrard paid thanks to the Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby Club for their help.

Additional money was raised from food, drinks and activities such as face painting and a stump throw-down competition.

The day's total funds raised was $4500.

The winners of the main trophy for the Pink Stumps Day were the Alstonville Dental Destroyers, who defeated the Burnett Bus Lines team in the final.

The Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby Team took out the plate trophy after defeating the Alstonville Cricket life members team.



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