McGrath Foundation prepares for annual Domain Pink Test at the SCG with biggest and most ambitious fundraising goal announced
- Around 50 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer every day
- Predicted shortfall of over 100 breast care nurses nationally in 2019
- Pink Test Fundraising goal of $2,100,000 for 15 McGrath Breast Care Nurses for a year
In the lead up to the Domain Pink Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (3-7 January 2019), the McGrath Foundation, together with Cricket Australia, is raising awareness of the need for breast care nursing services in Australia.
McGrath Foundation Co-Founder and President, Glenn McGrath AM will present the Australian men’s Test team with their baggy pink caps for the official team photo before announcing the need for increased funding to address the national shortfall in breast care nurses.
Research from the McGrath Foundation shows that in 2019 there will be a shortfall of over 100 breast care nurses across the country and this figure will grow by an incremental 10 per cent by 2023 – a shortfall of 135.
Over the last decade the Sydney Pink Test has become a national phenomenon and is the largest sporting fundraising initiative in Australia.
The cricket community, both on and off the field, wear pink as a symbolic show of support for those experiencing breast cancer and raise much needed funds for the McGrath Foundation.
The aim of the event is to raise funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia and support the thousands of people experiencing breast cancer every year.
Glenn McGrath says: “With 50 Australians diagnosed with breast cancer every day there is critical and continuing need for more McGrath Breast Care Nurses to support families through breast cancer.”
Holly Masters McGrath Foundation CEO says: “Thanks to organisations such as Cricket Australia we have funded over 120 McGrath Breast Care Nurses, and have supported tens of thousands of families, but there is still a long way to go to meet demand for these services.”
“This year we’ve set our biggest and most ambitious fundraising goal ever: $2,100,000 to fund 15 McGrath Breast Care Nurses for a year,” Ms Masters continues.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Roberts commented: “Every year we're overwhelmed by the support the Pink Test generates for the McGrath Foundation. From the two teams taking part in the Test, to the thousands of fans who bathe the SCG in pink, the cricket community should feel proud of the positive difference they make to people touched by breast cancer.”
Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground CEO Kerrie Mather said: ““Day three, Jane McGrath Day, underlines the important role sport plays in our society and the good that is done is felt far beyond the gates of the Sydney Cricket Ground.”
From diagnosis and throughout treatment, McGrath Breast Care Nurses are available to help individuals and their families for free and without referral.
Each McGrath Breast Care Nurse provides free emotional, physical and psychological support when it’s needed most.
Donations can be made at pinktest.com.au
About the Domain Pink Test
The McGrath Foundation is the official charity partner of the Domain Pink Test at the SCG (3-7 January 2019) and Cricket Cares, Cricket Australia’s community action program.
Whether you’re a cricketing tragic or just looking for a fun day out, the Pink Test is an iconic day in the summer calendar which turns the 46,000 seat Sydney Cricket Ground into a sea of pink.
Traditionally Ladies Day with an undeniable party atmosphere, Day Three was renamed Jane McGrath day in honour of Jane. The Pink Test is the best place to watch some of the world’s greatest cricket in action. To donate to the McGrath Foundation, visit www.pinktest.com.au
About McGrath Breast Care Nurses
Free of charge, McGrath Breast Care Nurses help individuals and their families experiencing breast cancer by providing physical, psychological and emotional support from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment and access to this service is available without referral.
In a practical sense, McGrath Breast Care Nurses can coordinate medical care and attend appointments with people diagnosed with breast cancer to ensure they can answer questions and reiterate treatment options at what can be an overwhelming time.
About the McGrath Foundation
Ours is a story with simple – but well-known – beginnings. It started with Jane and Glenn McGrath’s very public experience with breast cancer, and has become one of Australia’s most recognised and respected charities, the McGrath Foundation.
Some years after her initial diagnosis, Jane’s cancer returned. This time, she had a breast care nurse, who both empowered and comforted her, and the entire family. This experience set the mission for the Foundation, which has become an enduring commitment to support thousands of women and men every day, no matter where they live – for free.
We raise funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and increase breast health understanding.
While more than 67,000 families have been supported by 120 McGrath Breast Care Nurses, there’s still a lot more to do to reach every family going through breast cancer. We rely on the heartfelt support we receive from all over Australia – including individuals, communities, corporate partners and government.
They help by donating, hosting or attending events, or purchasing McGrath Foundation products, which helps us continue Jane’s legacy and achieve our mission.
Together, we can make a difference