This year, the annual pink test will not be business as usual, due to COVID-19 restrictions implemented by NSW Health.
There will be no sea of people in bright pink flocking towards the SCG. There will hardly be any larrikins wearing hot pink three-piece suits, pink wigs, or pink bandanas.
And the reduction in crowds and strict client selection is a huge blow to fundraising for the McGrath Foundation, which raises funds for breast care nurses in communities across Australia.
Today, Cricket Australia unveiled a campaign in response to the crowd reduction at SCG.
The Pink Seats Virtual Campaign aims to raise funds by encouraging fans to buy virtual Pink Seats, get involved in the Pink Test, wherever they are, whether on the ground or at home.
“The pink test has become a national phenomenon and we always look forward to seeing people pink with our bandanas to help bathe the SCG in pink as a symbolic show of support for people with breast cancer and to raise much needed funds. for the McGrath Foundation, ”Glenn McGrath, co-founder and president of the McGrath Foundation, said today in a press release.
“But the reality is that the Pink Test will be a little different this year. There will be fewer people in the crowd and unfortunately we won’t have our beloved volunteers in the field to collect donations.
“We hope people buy their virtual pink seats to show their support, because pink is more than just a color – it is the energy, hope and support that comes from pink that makes the difference for them. people with breast cancer.
“By purchasing virtual pink seats, not only will you help keep the ‘pink’ in the pink test, but you will also show your support for families suffering from breast cancer. whether they are at SCG or watching from home. “
Recognized as one of the largest charity sporting events in the world for the past 13 years, the Pink Test partnership between The McGrath Foundation, Cricket Australia and the SCG Trust symbolizes the best of sport that comes together to make a difference to people. with breast cancer. .
Each year, the third test between Australia and India, in Sydney, is the “pink test”.
The Pink Test has become a fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation, which raises funds for breast care nurses in communities across Australia.
The test and the foundation are a tribute to Glenn McGrath’s late wife, Jane, who died of breast cancer in 2008.