Rovers to turn pink and raise funds and awareness for breast cancer in GNFL’s first Pink Round

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Clayton Parfitt, Chris Scott, Gabriel Parfitt and Jaimon Alone.
Camera IconClayton Parfitt, Chris Scott, Gabriel Parfitt and Jaimon Alone. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Rovers are going bright and bold tomorrow in their home clash against Chapman Valley to highlight the Great Northern Football League’s first pink round for breast cancer awareness.

The club is aiming to raise $10,000 for the McGrath Foundation and Breast Cancer Network Australia and bring a positive atmosphere to the footy grounds.

Pink round organiser Daniel Starling said as a sign of solidarity, the league side would run out in all-pink kits, with the club hoping dressing its men’s side in limited-edition jumpers would make a bold statement.

“A bloke wearing a pink jumper is very effective,” Starling said.

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“They’ll never be made again; it’s just a one-off thing.

“We really want the women to see we’re there supporting them.

“We know that this affects them and we want to support them and bring some positivity.”

Starling said the 22 jumpers would be auctioned for $50 minimum after the game.

He said while there wasn’t a current running total for pledges, local businesses had chipped in with goods worth about $3000, while the club had pledged a donation, and players and umpires had made donations from match day payments.

The women’s, colts and reserves sides will wear pink socks and shorts, while specially-made pink footballs will be given out for best-on-ground across the league.

Breast cancer survivors will do the coin tosses and present the best player awards, and there will be a minute of silence before the welcome to country ahead of the league game.

There will also be bouncy castles, slushy machines, and fairy floss available.

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