Funds ‘stumped up’

Funds ‘stumped up’

The third Pink Stumps match at the Rendelsham Cricket Ground on Saturday raised around $5000 for the McGrath Foundation and was judged a social and sporting success.

All funds raised go towards helping the McGrath Foundation reach their goal of 250 nurses by 2025, to work towards ensuring no one misses out on care.

The home club hosted Lucindale in the 35-over contest and it reached the target of 144 with three overs and six wickets in hand.

The result means Rendelsham can host the second semi in the Naracoorte/Millicent Cricket Association on Saturday.

As well as the pink stumps, every player wore a pink promotional cap.

The event’s main organiser was Sara Gray whose husband Dwayne Gray has played consistently with Rendelsham since 1988.

The other Rendelsham connection for Ms Gray was her all-rounder brother David Delaporte who was a stand-out performer with bat and ball in the 1980s.

“As a breast cancer survivor, I have seen firsthand the great work that McGrath Foundation breast care nurse does in supporting breast cancer patients across Australia,” Ms Gray said.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 during a routine mammogram aboard the mobile breast cancer screening program which comes to Millicent every two years.

“The van will be back in Millicent in May and June and is also heading to Penola. I urge every [eligible] woman to be checked.

“Thank you to the Lucindale Cricket Club for their support and we hope they enjoyed Rendelsham’s hospitality.

“Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia. Approximately 57 Australians are diagnosed every day.

“That equates to over 20,000 Australians diagnosed with breast cancer each year.”

Ms Gray said a breast cancer diagnosis changes your life, often in ways you would not expect.

“The impact can be felt right through your family and friends,” she said.

“As much as you try, the diagnosis, the treatment and the disease can take over your life.

“The McGrath Foundation raises money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses who provide invaluable support and care to individuals and families experiencing breast cancer.

“From diagnosis right throughout treatment, McGrath Breast Care Nurses are available to help for free and with no referral, they help individuals and their families affected by breast cancer by providing invaluable physical, psychological, and emotional support from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment.”

This is the Rendelsham Cricket Club’s third Pink Stumps Day after the Furner/Beachport Cricket Club was involved in the first two.

Furner/Beachport is in recess for the 2023/24 season.

Ms Gray thanked all the donors of raffle prizes and auction items.

For example, club stalwart Graeme Smith paid $540 for a new lawn-mower donated by Darren Paul, of DP Marine.

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