Crocs go pink for that spe­cial footy match

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

“I’m just so over-awed by the way the Crocs footy club has em­braced this idea,” says An­nie Richard­son, Pink in the Trop­ics con­vener, speak­ing about the Com­bined Pink Sports Day.

“They have come on board and they can’t do enough.”

The Com­bined Pink Sports Day on Satur­day (May 13), be­gin­ning with the an­nual brunch at Palmer Sea Reef golf club in the morn­ing and then the Crocs’ home game against the Saints, aims to sur­pass the grand suc­cess of last year’s in­au­gu­ral event.

“It’s be­come a great com­mu­nity event,” Ms Richard­son, her­self a cancer sur­vivor, said.

“It was my dream to have this one day and it’s just amaz­ing, I’m so stunned by all of this.”

The day, which last year packed out the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex, has found im­me­di­ate lo­cal sup­port, with even clubs fur­ther afield keen to get on board. It’s now on the league’s radar.

The visit­ing Saints are go­ing to wear a slash of pink; the Croc’s guernseys of pink and white will be the re­verse pat­tern of last year’s.

“We’re grate­ful for be­ing able to sup­port Pink in the Trop­ics and it’s go­ing to be big­ger and bet­ter than last year,” said Crocs pres­i­dent Chris Bradsworth.

Last year the Com­bined Sports Day raised around $5000, with 120 peo­ple at­tend­ing the brunch at the Palmer Sea Reef Re­sort and at least 400 spec­ta­tors at the Crocs match.

The Pink in the Trop­ics group of­fers a range of sup­port for women di­ag­nosed with breast cancer and their fam­i­lies.

Money raised will go to­wards breast cancer re­search, a new chemo chair in the Liz Plum­ber cen­tre in Cairns and iPads for women to use while they re­ceive their treat­ment at clin­ics.

Pun­ters have a chance to win a signed footy from North Mel­bourne and Essendon, as well as an ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­age as part of a raf­fle and silent auc­tion at the grounds.

Join­ing the oc­ca­sion this year, the Crocs ju­niors will take the field ahead of the re­serves and se­niors.

There’ll also be a spe­cial lunch at half time and a band play­ing after the match.

“It’s a great way to bring breast cancer aware­ness to the com­mu­nity and it’s a great way to let peo­ple know we’re here to help them,” Ms Richard­son said.

Picture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Cal­lum Oakes, Laura Gray, Maria Atkin­son, An­nie Richard­son and De­clan Kelly try out the spe­cial gear for the Com­bined Sports Day on Satur­day

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