Gympie ready to hit breast cancer for a six
TRADITIONAL cricket whites will be traded for pink attire on Gympie's cricket fields this weekend for Pink Stumps Day.
Organisers are so enthusiastic to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation they have extended the day to include the entire weekend.
The action begins on Saturday with junior cricketers dressing in pink to show support.
On Sunday, organisers take things up a notch with three Twenty20 matches at Albert Park.
At 9am, the Cooloola Heat women's hockey side shapes up to Gympie women's cricket team, followed by the Cooloola Heat men's team taking on a Football Gympie side.
The main event at 3pm, which promises plenty of boundary-seeking big hits from the middle, is the Gympie All Stars cricket side and the Gympie Devils.
Gympie Cricket Association vice president Scott McIntosh encouraged the public to get behind the day.
"The whole weekend is about having fun," he said.
"We hope to go better than last year's fundraising total."
There will be many raffles, food, drink and a bar on the day.
Money raised from Pink Stumps Day helps the McGrath Foundation continues its life-changing work with the men and women impacted by breast cancer.
A common misconception is that breast cancer only affects women.
And while Cancer Australia reports male breast cancer cases account for less than 1% of all cases, men often face a higher risk of mortality due to a lack of awareness, failure to recognise symptoms and a subsequent delayed diagnosis.
The McGrath Foundation pays the wages of its breast care nurses.
These nurses are stationed in communities across Australia, providing invaluable emotional support to breast cancer patients by answering questions and helping the journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Pink Stumps Day helps the McGrath Foundation continue to pay for these nurses, while additional funds allow for the extension of the program to include new communities.
Mr McIntosh has a personal connection to the work of breast care nurses.
His wife Jenny battled breast cancer in 2011 and 2012 and drew on the support of Gympie's breast care nurse, Sharon Shelford.
"The support Jenny received was absolutely fantastic," Mr McIntosh said.
"Breast care nurses answer questions and can sit down and talk with patients, provide support and break down the medical jargon."
Pink Stumps Day at a glance
Gympie junior cricketers dress in pink to show support while raffles will help fundraising.
Main day at Albert Park.
- 9am - Cooloola Heat women play Gympie women's cricket side.
- 12midday - Heat men play Football Gympie men's side.
- 3pm - Gympie All Stars cricket side takes on the Gympie Devils.