Pink Stumps Day proves a success
THE Tintenbar-East Ballina Cricket Club raised at least $4000 to aid the fight against breast cancer when it hosted a National Pink Stumps Day at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, last Saturday.
Club president Brett Crawford was very happy with the result, saying: “We’ve raised in excess of $4000, at least.
“It was a very successful day and we were very happy with the turnout.
“It was good to see members of the local community there – there were lots of families and children.
“A lot of work was done by a lot of club members, and we’re very grateful for that.”
Special guest for the day was former Test and one-day pace bowler Nathan Bracken, who hobbled onto Kingsford Smith Park with the aid of crutches, the result of recent surgery on an injury which ended his career.
His appearance was organised by the McGrath Foundation.
“Nathan is a very nice bloke. He took plenty of time out to chat with the youngsters,” Crawford said.
While Tintenbar-East Ballina played Marist Brothers on the southern field, the club’s two third-grade teams played each other on the northern field.
Pink stumps and pink caps featured on the southern field, while on the northern field, the third-graders looked resplendent in their pink shirts which were worn specifically for the day.
Off the field, wives and girlfriends and children also wore plenty of pink.
And there were plenty of chances to catch up with old friends and teammates, with the club’s annual Old Buggers Day reunion also being held.
Raffles, a barbecue and a donation tin were on hand to help with the fundraising.
This was the first time the club had taken part in a Pink Stumps Day, but it’s likely it won’t be the last.
“It was definitely well worth the effort, and we’ll look at doing it again next year,” Crawford said.