06 January 2019
Pink day a roaring success
The McGrath Foundation raced towards their fundraising target of $2.1 million on day three of the Test, which would support up to 15 breast care nurses across Australia.
Glenn McGrath reflected on the success of his late wife's legacy: "To think what's been created over the last 11 Tests, is absolutely incredible. We couldn't have done that without the support of Cricket Australia and the SCG Trust. Never did I think in a million years that it would have been so successful, and it continues to grow each year."
It was another eventful day off the field with fans, staff, media and the NSW Police Force sporting pink to support breast cancer awareness and nurses. This year's success was further demonstrated as both cricket teams have got behind the foundation.
Indian Cricket captain Virat Kohli donned the pitch with pink on his gloves and his pads as well as the McGrath Foundation symbol itself. McGrath said: ''It’s very humbling. It just builds how everyone feels about the foundation and how they feel about this day. Eleven years since our first pink Test, it’s getting bigger and better every year. I have to pinch myself that I played for Australia so I’m certainly pinching myself now. The only difference from where I retired to where I am now half my wardrobe is pink.''
The who's who of the SCG attended the McGrath High Tea as part of yesterday's festivities, in the Entertainment Quarter. Attendees included Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, SCG CEO Kerrie Mather as well as the partners of the Australian cricket team.
CEO of the SCG, Kerrie Mather, was delighted to be a part of supporting the foundation. She reflected on the beginnings of the partnership and when pink day first began: ''It started as what was ladies day back in 2006, where we used to celebrate that in the members reserve. The cricket community got together around the McGrath family. The SCG decided to turn what was '’ladies day’, into '’Pink day’' with our members. Cricket Australia then took the idea to the broader community and there's been no turning back since. It's been a fabulous initiative.
To support the worthy cause, see one of the McGrath volunteers walking around the ground during the remainder of the Test, or head to the website - https://www.pinktest.com.au/