Coonabarabran’s number one oval was a sea of pink on Saturday, 30 July, when the Coonabarabran Rugby League Football Club hosted its second annual “Pink Day” in support of the McGrath Foundation and the fight against breast cancer.
Both the Unicorns’ rugby league and league tag teams were fully kitted out in pink - socks, shorts and jerseys - making a colourful statement on field, while the Baradine sides showed their support by donning pink socks.
“The Coonabarabran Rugby League Football Club (CRLFC) held its first pink day to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation in 2015 and, with a new committee forming this year, we decided we would hold another pink day, but we would do it a little different and try to get the community more involved,” said club secretary, Naomi Milsom.
“The McGrath foundation is very close to CRLFC’s heart, as there are family members who are currently going through treatment, or have been down this long road of treatment.
“ It was decided to hold the day in conjunction with our home game against Baradine, as this game is always a rivalry match and we knew it would have a good support following from both sides.”
As the league-tag sides ran on the field, a number of pink balloons were released.
“Club president, Caine Thompson was the one who suggested a balloon release - to send our loved ones in heaven a message,” Mrs Milsom said.
The club ordered the pink uniforms from Carney Sports Marketing, receiving a generous discount, while the socks were part of the McGrath Foundation’s Pull On Your Socks program.
Pull On Your Socks
The Pull On Your Socks initiative encourages schools and sporting clubs across the country to turn a game day “pink” during the season and wear the pink socks, which assists in raising funds for Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia, as well as increasing breast awareness in young people.
“Because of the great support we have received from our sponsors this year, it was decided that we would order an extra 26 jumpers, with each of our sponsors on them, which we would then auction, Mrs Milsom said.
Held at the Coonabarabran Bowling Club following the games, the auction of the jerseys was a great success, with some furious bidding ably handled by auctioneers, David Grant and Ben Korff.
Along with funds from the sale of the pink socks, it is estimated an amount in the vicinity of $5000 was raised for the McGrath Foundation.
“With 44 people diagnosed with breast cancer each day, the McGrath Foundation is so grateful to the Coonabarabran Unicorns for getting involved with Pull On Your Socks to help us fund additional McGrath Breast Care Nurses” said McGrath Foundation ambassador and director, Tracy Bevan.
“Since 2005, the McGrath Foundation has placed 110 McGrath Breast Care Nurses across Australia, who have supported over 47,000 families to date. This vital service is provided free of charge and is available through self-referral.”
Mrs Milsom said the club had received a fantastic response from both the Coonabarabran and Baradine communities in support of their Pink Day.
“It is important for the community to be involved in events like this, as you never know when you or a loved one may need may need the support of the McGrath Foundation - or any other foundation,” Mrs Milsom said.
“We all take life for granted, but never know what is around the corner; one phone call from your doctor or one test result could change our lives, our family’s lives and our friends’ lives forever.
“Overall, the day and night was a great success, with support from both the Coona and Baradine communities.
“The CRLFC thank the Baradine sides for coming on board with the day and also wearing McGrath Foundation pink socks.
“Thank you also goes out to all businesses and sponsors who helped promote the day, made donations and supported the auction. Thank you to David Grant and Ben Korff for their auctioneering skills, Coonabarabran Bowling Club and staff for all their help and, last but not least, the helpers who took time out of their day to help us raise funds for a great organisation.
“The CRLFC would like to make this an annual event, but we would also like to support other organisations close to our hearts, such as beyondblue.”
The Coonabarabran Unicorns’ womens league-tag team, tough in pink for their “Pink Day” match against the Baradine Magpies. Photo: Nikki D Photography.