Rais­ing funds for char­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

THE Cen­tral Bur­nett Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion helped the first Pink Stumps Day for the re­gion in Gayn­dah at the week­end.

The day raised $800 for char­ity through ball fees and raf­fles.

Kath­leen Smith was ec­static with the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity once the date for the event was set.

“The Mc­Grath Foun­da­tion emailed ev­ery club to let us know what is hap­pen­ing and from that we voted we would like to sup­port it,” Smith said.

“To­day we have gone over and above what we nor­mally do, the kids would nor­mally pay $3 for a reg­u­lar game but to­day it’s $5, we have pink bak­ing do­nated too.

“Along with pink mer­chan­dise, which has been a hit, an auc­tion for a big bag and raf­fles too, all the pro­ceeds from that will go to the Mc­Grath Foun­da­tion.

“We are also do­nat­ing a per­cent­age of our can­teen profit to the Mc­Grath Foun­da­tion.”

Gayn­dah Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion trea­surer Michelle Seabrook said she was thrilled by the turnout for the first Pink Stumps Day.

“It didn’t take too long to or­gan­ise once we nom­i­nated, about a month, and the sup­port we have got since then has been great,” she said.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted in 2016, how­ever Seabrook felt early 2017 would be a bet­ter time to hold the day.

“Af­ter we reg­is­tered with the Mc­Grath Foun­da­tion for our own Pink Stumps Day we waited for the Christ­mas pe­riod to fin­ish,” Seabrook said.

“Al­low­ing for fam­i­lies to get over that busy time, so once that hap­pened we sent out let­ters to lo­cal busi­nesses.”

A num­ber of Gayn­dah busi­nesses were more than happy to sup­port the Pink Stumps Day, Smith said.

“It has been such a great day and ev­ery­one is get­ting be­hind it and sup­port­ing it,” she said

“All of our prizes for the raf­fles were do­nated lo­cally, we have had such won­der­ful spon­sor­ship.”

It’s hoped the Pink Stumps Day can be­come an an­nual fundraiser.

“I think this is some­thing we will def­i­nitely be look­ing into mak­ing a yearly thing,” Smith said.

“Kids are dressed in pink, the pink zinc is out too.

“We would love to thank ev­ery­one who has been in­volved to­day, in­clud­ing our spon­sors and ev­ery­one who has sup­ported us.”

THINK PINK: North Bur­nett ju­nior play­ers and fam­i­lies get into the spirit of Pink Stumps Day. PHO­TOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

A great throw leads to a run out.

Con­nor Pash­ley was in fine form in the pink shirt.

Play­ers of all ju­nior ages take part.

Play­ers go all out in sup­port of the char­ity day.

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