Cricket caps off pink event in Camperdown

PAULA Atkins knows firsthand how vital the work of breast care nurses is to cancer sufferers and their families. 

The Camperdown woman battled breast cancer last year and said the nurses provided vital support in what was a dark time. 

That experience prompted Mrs Atkins to organise a Pink Stumps fund-raising day at Camperdown on February 23. Pink Stumps Day is a national event supporting the McGrath Foundation which funds the breast care nurses. 

 More than 1000 local cricket games around the country will turning pink for the day. Mrs Atkins said it was her way of helping ensure people in the same position had access to a breast care nurse. 

“We are very lucky in this area. We are well resourced for breast care nurses,” she said. “But there are other towns all around the country that don’t have a nurse available. 

Mrs Atkins said she had been involved with the Camperdown Cricket Club for years, with both her sons playing juniors at the club. 

“We will have all sorts of things going on off the field, like raffles and prize draws and the boys will all be wearing pink caps and using pink stumps, balls and gloves for the day.” 

jwoolley@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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