Raising funds for charity
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.