Sydney cricket ground goes pinker than ever for McGrath Foundation

Melbourne: The Sydney Cricket ground marked Pink Stumps day 2012 during the second Test match between India and Australia on Thursday, in support of the battle against breast cancer.

The ground already has a pink tinge with pink signage, stumps and Australian players sporting pink batting grips but on Thursday, fans also joined in on the act and turned the grandstands pink as well, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The trademark Pink Stumps day intended to raise more than 1 million dollars for the Jane McGrath Foundation, initiated by former fast bowler Glenn McGrath’s then wife, who died of breast cancer in 2008.

McGrath was also present at the ground during the match, where he also helped host the annual Jane McGrath High Tea alongside radio presenter Adam Spencer.

Cricket fans who could not make it to the ground had the option of donating and going in the draw to win a signed “baggy pink” cap or tickets to cricket’s night of nights - the Allan Border Medal presentation in Melbourne.

Since the inaugural pink Test at the SCG in 2009, the funds raised have been utilized by the Foundation to place specialist breast cancer nurses in communities right across Australia and to augment breast cancer awareness among young women.

Bureau Report