Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath have called on Sydney cricket fans to pick up a pink bandanna and wear pink as 3 Mobile and Cricket Cares support the McGrath Foundation at the 3 Mobile Test starting 3 January at the SCG.
Speaking after facing up in a pink helmet to his old teammate McGrath in the SCG nets Hayden called on cricket fans in Sydney to support the McGrath Foundation:
“I’ve had a long-standing idea to turn the crowd pink to raise awareness of breast cancer so I hope all fans coming along on Day 1 can join in,” Hayden said.
“Along with others, 3 Mobile staff have kindly volunteered their services to distribute pink McGrath Foundation bandanas around the ground and spectators can pick a bandana up when they make a gold coin donation with the 3 Mobile volunteers located at entry points throughout the ground.”
“So wear the bandana proudly along with your best pink clothing on Day 1 and make it a memorable day for the McGrath Foundation.”
Chairman of the McGrath Foundation, champion fast bowler Glenn McGrath, echoed Hayden’s thoughts:
“We’ve already had fantastic support from 3 Mobile and Cricket Cares in making the match as pink as possible, whether its stumps, grass signage or player shirts. The next part is involving cricket fans heading to the ground,” McGrath said.
“I’ll be picking up my bandana from the 3 Mobile volunteers and wearing my best pink shirt and tie for the day, and I hope all cricket fans can do the same, support the McGrath Foundation and enjoy a great match.”
20,000 pink bandanas will be distributed by 3 Mobile volunteers at the SCG on Day 1 in exchange for a gold coin donation to the McGrath Foundation, while all fans are encouraged to wear some pink and donate their loose change.
Fans watching on television around the world can also own their piece of history from the match. Each Australian player will sign his unique pink shirt after Day 1 and donate it to the McGrath Foundation, with every person donating to the McGrath Foundation at http://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au going into the draw to win one of the shirts, thanks to adidas and 3 Mobile.
*In a world first 3 Mobile have turned the Test stumps pink, while the stumps will also feature the McGrath Foundation’s logo. 3 Mobile’s cricket portal will also turn pink for the duration of the Test.
*The McGrath Foundation is a major partner of Cricket Cares, while also being a major charity partner of 3 Mobile.
*Funds raised by the McGrath Foundation go towards funding breast cancer nurses around Australia and raising awareness of breast cancer amongst all Australians.
*Spectators can also support the McGrath Foundation by purchasing the Men of Cricket calendar at merchandise booths at the match or online from http://www.menofcricket.com.au at the 3 Zone