Pink stump match a success with more than $1000 raised

The McGrath Foundation will be more than $1000 better off after Youth Club’s pink stumps match against Navarre held across the past two weekends.

The Clubbers raised more than double of their original target of $500 set when they started fundraising late last year. 

$1036 was raised from donations online, cash tins at local businesses across Stawell and from players and supporters of both Navarre and Youth Club donating at the ground across the two-day match.

Navarre spoiled the party for the Clubbers, claiming victory in the special match.

Pink stumps organiser and Youth Club cricketer Nic Baird said it was a “great occasion”. “Obviously it was not the result we wanted on the field but all in all it was a great two days,” he said.

“The match was played in great spirits and coming up against a team like Navarre made things easy as they are such a great club.”

The money raised will go towards the McGrath Foundation to help assist breast cancer sufferers by receiving expert support from nurses through their experience.

Baird has first hand experience with breast cancer nurses after his mother battled breast cancer last year.

He said it is a special feeling being able to give back to the people who helped his mother. “The money we raised is pretty crucial,” he said.

“We have raised enough money to hopefully help another family deal with a stressful situation.

“We were just $36 short of supporting a family through their entire breast care experience. It is great to see we will be able to give back after seeing the support my mum received.”

After the success of this year’s pink stumps match, Baird said he is keen to make it an annual event.

“It was very successful and we will more than likely give it another crack,” he said.

“This year was a trial and error type run so now we have set a benchmark we can try and improve on it and raise even more.

“I am incredibly thankful for the support we have received from locals and in particular Stawell BP, the National Hotel and the Navarre football, netball and cricket clubs.”