The McGrath Foundation is synonymous with cricket as the Foundation was established by Jane McGrath – wife of Australian cricketer, Glenn McGrath – following her personal experience with breast cancer.
The Foundation exists to do two things: to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and increase breast awareness in younger women. Having access to a breast care nurse made a significant difference to Jane and her family and friends as she went through her own breast cancer experience, and because of this she and Glenn wanted to ensure every Australian woman experiencing breast cancer and her family had access to this integral support service.
In the three years that McGrath Foundation has been an official charity partner of Cricket Cares, over $1.5 million has been raised.
The Sydney ‘Pink Test’ has become the iconic centrepiece of the Cricket Australia and McGrath Foundation friendship. Each year the SCG turns a sea of pink thanks to the support of the Australian and touring teams, fans, CricketNSW, the SCG Trust and CA’s partners. Day 3 of the Sydney Test, traditionally Ladies’ Day, has, in memory of Jane McGrath, is annually renamed Jane McGrath Day.
High Teas coinciding with the Sydney and Melbourne Tests are also annual highlights of the cricket calendar and in the 2011 community cricket clubs nationwide got the opportunity to share in the spirit of the Pink Test by turning their clubs pink for one round as part of Pink Stumps Day.
Keep checking the Cricket Australia website and visit www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au for more information and for details of upcoming events.