Crocs go pink for that special footy match
“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.
Callum Oakes, Laura Gray, Maria Atkinson, Annie Richardson and Declan Kelly try out the special gear for the Combined Sports Day on Saturday