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Sport,News,Fundraising ian 1/4/2014

Gotta love Sydney and the fifth test at the SCG. Apart from the cricket, as usual, the crowds were sensational – packed to the rafters and full of character. Typically you will find famous faces in the crowd like John Howard, Tony Abbott, Bob Hawke, Michael Parkinson, Leo Sayer and past cricket legends like Steve Waugh and Dennis Lillee. Also, typically, you will find a great sense of collective humour and community…

Cricket fans would remember the altercation between Aussie Dave Warner and Pommy Joe Root in that UK pub – loved the group of fans in green and gold sombreros with printed shirts posing that deep Australian question, ‘Warner Root?’… and the Day 2 Ritchie Benaud fans – this gaggle has grown to around three hundred in the crowd sporting silver wigs, beige suits and holding Nine Network microphones… and, of course the Day 3 sea of pink supporting the McGrath Foundation…

The Pink Test has become a tradition and, in the past six years, has helped raise over 12 million dollars to fund 100 breast care nurses who support women with breast cancer, their families and carers. The goal is 150 trained nurses to have specialist family support for every person diagnosed in Australia. Jane McGrath was 31 when she was diagnosed with cancer in 1997 – it wasn’t until 2003 when she was being treated for secondary cancer that she first had access to a breast care nurse. Sadly, Jane passed away in 2008, but what a legacy she has left. It costs $370,000 to fund each nurse for a period of three years and if you would like to donate to this terrific cause, here is a link to the Pink Test website.

Oh! And the five-nil whitewash was a bonus!

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