10 November, 2009
Lisa Sthalekar, Glenn McGrath and Brad Haddin at the SCG
Following the outstanding success of last season’s Pink 3 mobile Test and Jane McGrath Day in support of the McGrath Foundation, this season’s Second 3 mobile Test between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground will be bigger and……… pinker!
Cricket Cares and 3 mobile, together with the SCG Trust and Cricket NSW, have once again joined forces to ensure the SCG is resplendent in pink when the 3 Mobile Test is played between January 3 and 7.
Jane McGrath Day, formerly Ladies Day, will be celebrated on day three of the Test, January 5, which includes a High Tea with a special guest speaker.
McGrath Foundation Chairman, former Australian and NSW fast bowler Glenn McGrath, launched the 3 mobile Pink Test at the SCG today with Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and the world’s top-ranked women’s all-rounder, Lisa Sthalekar.
“Last summer’s Test was an overwhelming success and, with the support of cricket fans and the wider community, we are looking to build on that success in January,” said Glenn.
“It costs approximately $350,000 to employ each full-time McGrath Breast Care Nurse over a minimum three year period. In the course of the last 12 months we’ve grown our nurse numbers from eight back in October last year to now 53 … soon to be 54 .. and we’re committed to continuing to roll our nurses out until every Australian family affected by breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse.
“I encourage all cricket fans to buy their Test tickets and get in touch with their pink side so they join in the fun at the SCG in January where there will be a greater array of merchandise available for all five days of the Test,” he added.
In addition to the popular bandanas, this summer will see men’s and women’s polo shirts available, plus caps, hats, ties, flags and even pinks wigs. While 3 mobile will be introducing a new look to cricket this season as fans can purchase pink zinc from 3 mobile volunteers for a gold coin donation to the McGrath Foundation.
Haddin says that he agrees with Jane’s original idea that it takes a real man to wear pink and that he, like the rest of the Australian team, is looking forward to making sure his true colours come through.
“It was a tremendous sight to see the SCG bathed in a sea of pink last January and we now want to surpass that benchmark,” said Haddin.
“Some guys thought the Pink Test gave them permission to wear pink, but in actual fact it takes real men to wear pink,” he said.
Sthalekar, whose own family has been touched by breast cancer, said it was important that Jane McGrath’s legacy continues to thrive.
“Jane left a wonderful legacy and we need more breast care nurses around Australia to provide hope and support to women during their experience with breast cancer,” said Sthalekar.
Tickets to the 3 Mobile Test can be bought from Ticketek on 132 849, at Ticketek outlets or at www.ticketek.com.au
Tickets to the Jane McGrath High Tea on January 5 can be purchased on by completing the booking form which is available at www.scgt.nsw.gov.au