Clubs to pull on their socks to help make a difference
Registrations have now opened for the McGrath Foundation’s Pull On Your Socks campaign, an initiative that gives grassroots footy clubs the opportunity to add a splash of pink to their footy field in support of the McGrath Foundation and the Harvey Norman Women in League round (22-25 June 2012).
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, footy clubs around Australia are encouraged to get in quick, not only to be one of the first to sport the new and exclusive McGrath Foundation Pink Footy Socks, but also to show their support for the incredible women who contribute to the game.
In its third year being the charity beneficiary of the Harvey Norman Women in League Round, the McGrath Foundation’s friendship with Harvey Norman and Rugby League’s One Community continues to evolve – as does Pull On Your Socks.
This season, footy clubs will be able to purchase McGrath Foundation Pink Footy Socks, host a pink footy match and fundraise on the day for the McGrath Foundation.
By registering and then fundraising for Pull on Your Socks, clubs will have the chance to win various prizes including a visit from an NRL One Community ambassador, Mount Franklin marquee event packs, pink NRL Women in League jerseys and signed NSW State of Origin, Kangaroos and All Stars jerseys.
McGrath Foundation Ambassador and Director, Tracy Bevan, is thrilled by the support and enthusiasm of communities for the Harvey Norman Women in League round and is hoping Pull On Your Socks will be bigger and pinker in 2012.
“We’re always amazed by the incredible response we receive from the community, so we can’t wait to see footy clubs across Australia in their pink socks, supporting the McGrath Foundation and celebrating women who contribute to the game.
“Support from Rugby League’s One Community and the wider football community will go a long way to helping us achieve our goal of ensuring that all Australian families experiencing breast cancer have access to the support of a breast care nurse.
“To date, we’ve been able to support over 12,000 families through the great work of our 73 McGrath Breast Care Nurses– that’s 11 more nurses than this time last year!” said Tracy.
General Manager of Community, Culture & Diversity, Trish Crews, is proud to see the pink magic from the Harvey Norman Women in League round spread to grassroots footy clubs right across Australia.
“The number of women involved through volunteering, participation and administration continues to increase, as does the overall growth of the game. Initiatives such as Pull On Your Socks gives recognition and support to the women who offer their skills and time to the game which allows it to grow whilst supporting a great cause at the same time,” said Trish.
In addition to purchasing McGrath Foundation Pink Footy Socks, clubs can choose to host a pink footy match – inviting friends and family to wear pink on the day and organise activities such as a gold coin donation sausage sizzle, a pink food stall and face painting. All funds raised will help the McGrath Foundation to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and to increase breast awareness in young women.
Clubs can now register to participate in Pull On Your Socks and purchase the limited edition McGrath Foundation Pink Footy Socks at www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au. Available in adult and youth sizes, the socks are $12 for one pair or $10 each for purchases of 20 or more while stocks last.
In order to have the chance to win a prize, registrants must share why the Harvey Norman Women in League Round is important to them or club, at the point of registration, and remit their funds by Friday 27 July 2012. Please see Terms and Conditions at www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au for more information.
The McGrath Foundation thanks Rugby League’s One Community, Harvey Norman and participating NRL clubs for their support.
What Our Foundation Friends Have to Say:
Hazem El Masri, Former player for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
“As a proud father of three beautiful children, I see firsthand the invaluable role Arwa and all mums play in ensuring our kids are fit, active and healthy. She’s our biggest cheerleader and definitely the MVP of the family. I encourage all footy clubs right across Australia to celebrate women who contribute to the game at all levels and support the McGrath Foundation by registering for Pull On Your Socks.”
Wendell Sailor, Former Rugby League and Rugby Union player
“Growing up as a junior and playing rugby league in Queensland’s Sarina region, I understand the important role sports teams play in creating a strong sense of community and I encourage footy clubs right across Australia to register for Pull On Your Socks to celebrate women in sport and support the McGrath Foundation.”
Luke Lewis, Captain of Penrith Panthers
“Sonia and my mum have always been and continue to be my loudest cheerleaders and are the MVPs in everything I do – their support is invaluable. I encourage all footy clubs right across Australia to celebrate women who contribute to the game at all levels and support the McGrath Foundation by registering for Pull On Your Socks.”
Billy Slater, Player for Melbourne Storm
“Growing up as a junior with the Brothers Club in Innisfail, I understand the important role sports teams play in creating a strong sense of community and I encourage footy clubs right across Australia to register for Pull On Your Socks to celebrate women who contribute to the game at all levels and support the McGrath Foundation.”