Nagambie Cricket Club has raised thousands of dollars for the Jane McGrath Foundation and their Breast Care Nurses at their second annual Pink Stumps Day.
Across the two years, the work of Sharay Slivarich and the Nagambie Cricket Club has raised $25,000 for the foundation – making the Pink Stumps Day an important event in the local calendar.
Nationals Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland was a special guest at the event, thanking those who organised the Pink Stumps Day for their fantastic work and speaking on the crucial work that breast care nurses do throughout the state.
“The Pink Stumps Day was a truly incredible and important event, organised by some inspiring local women like Sharay Slivarich,” Ms Cleeland said.
“I hope everyone involved in the event and all those that donated understand the positive impact they are having on women’s lives.
“While health services across the state continue to need all the support they can get, the Jane McGrath Foundation provides such an essential service to prevent women going through breast cancer without the specialised support of a breast care nurse.
“We are lucky to have a McGrath Breast Care Nurse located in Benalla – and more in neighbouring areas like Shepparton and Wangaratta.”
Ms Cleeland said the statistics regarding breast cancer in Australia were incredibly sobering.
“Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women in Australia with one in seven women being diagnosed in their lifetime,” Ms Cleeland said.
“57 people will be diagnosed every day, and sadly this number is rising.
“While survival rates are improving, there is still a pressing need for events like Pink Stumps Day to ensure those diagnosed with breast cancer get the best care and treatment available.”
Ms Cleeland encouraged all women to take the time to self-check for breast cancer symptoms using the ‘look, feel, learn’ method and to take the time to learn more about breast health.
“Sometimes as women, mothers, wives, we know we need to care for ourselves, but it feels near impossible,” Ms Cleeland said.
“But we have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”
More information can be found on the McGrath Foundation website at: https://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/about/what-we-do/breast-awareness/