Can­cer turns sport pink

Cricket for a cause has great sup­port

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

CRICKET: At Faith Lutheran Col­lege, Pink Stumps Day isn’t just a time to raise money for those af­fected by can­cer. The school also uses the event to ed­u­cate stu­dents on the dis­ease and equip them for the fu­ture.

Cricket for a cause was the fo­cus of the day for stu­dents, teach­ers and mem­bers of the col­lege’s can­cer sup­port group, Rib­bons.

Prin­ci­pal Janelle An­der­son said the event was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on the dis­ease, which could po­ten­tially have the most im­pact in stu­dent’s lives.

“Sta­tis­ti­cally, our stu­dents will, in their life­time, lose some­one they love or some­one in their net­works to can­cer, and par­tic­u­larly breast can­cer,” Mrs An­der­son said.

“We have also seen it be preva­lent in our own com­mu­nity with a num­ber of par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers suf­fer­ing from breast can­cer in par­tic­u­lar.”

She said the Pink Stumps Day en­cour­aged stu­dents to ex­er­cise com­pas­sion while also rais­ing money.

In 2019, the school raised $500 for the Mc­grath foun­da­tion cause, which funds Mc­grath Breast Care Nurses in com­mu­ni­ties right across Aus­tralia.

Since 2015, the char­ity has helped more than 70,000 fam­i­lies.

The cause is close to home for Mrs An­der­son who has fought her own breast can­cer bat­tle.

She said the col­lege cel­e­brated Glen Mc­grath’s work for the foun­da­tion to not only com­mem­o­rate the loss of his wife, but to also help oth­ers.

“Do­ing some­thing prac­ti­cal to help pre­vent oth­ers from los­ing their loved ones to the dis­ease is some­thing re­ally im­por­tant – it teaches our stu­dents that you can make a dif­fer­ence.”

Mrs An­der­son cham­pi­oned the event by fac­ing bowlers with a cricket bat in hand.

She said the day taught stu­dents they could sup­port those suf­fer­ing breast can­cer with even the small­est ges­ture.

“Wear­ing pink socks or a pink hat can sup­port those who are suf­fer­ing,” Mrs An­der­son said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CAN­CER SUP­PORT: Teach­ers and stu­dents at Faith Lutheran Col­lege took time out of their day in sup­port of those af­fected by can­cer.

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