During his cricketing days, it was a proud moment for Aussie speedster Glenn McGrath to wear the baggy green but many years since his retirement it’s now all about pink, as and when the cricketing season heats up.
One of the greatest ever fast bowlers to have ever graced the game, McGrath on Thursday urged the Australians to step up in support of Mcgrath Breast Care Nurses by organising a Pink Stumps Day.
“It’s about bringing the magic of the Sydney Pink Test out to any local area around Australia putting on a cricket match, proudly wearing pink, and raising funds for the McGrath Foundation,” McGrath said at the launch of the campaign for the breast cancer awareness programme.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: The Australian Mens Test Cricket team and Glenn McGrath pose for a photograph wearing the ‘Baggy Pink’ in support of the McGrath Foundation before an Australian training session at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 1, 2017, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
“Australia will be up four-nil, going for that five-nil, so happy days. It’s the 10th year being involved with the Sydney Pink Test, which is going to be huge,” McGrath said. The fast bowler who hails from Narromine in Central Western New South Wales admitted that during their growing up days “ you would never have pink anywhere near your cricket kit”.
“But wearing pink these days is not as big an issue it used to be,” McGrath was quoted as saying by AAP. He further stated that people could arrange the Pink Stumps Da whenever they find it suitable but the main event is slated to be held on 17th February. Like chasing a target in a cricket match, McGrath is chasing the magic target of 79.
“We’re extremely proud to have placed 118 McGrath Breast Care Nurses across Australia supporting 56,000 families, but there’s still lots more to do. Right now 79 more nurses are needed to ensure every person going through breast cancer has access to this important service,” McGrath said.
Whoever registering with the pinksrumpsday.com.au receives a pink cricket kit which includes stumps, bat, ball, bails, bandana, zinc, tape and a collection box. Colour of all the types of equipment will be pink. McGrath started the breast cancer foundation with his first wife Jane McGrath who died of breast cancer on June 2008.