Chesterfield will turn pink on Monday, 15 July as Australian Test Cricket legend and Co-Founder of the McGrath Foundation, Glenn McGrath, spearheads a star-studded charity Twenty20 line-up in support of the McGrath Foundation, the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation and UK charity Breast Cancer Care.
Players and supporters alike will don the colour pink in a charity Twenty20 fundraiser, Chesterfield Turns Pink, to increase breast awareness in young women, to support the UK Breast Cancer Care charity and to boost the McGrath Foundation’s ongoing excellent work in Australia.
Held as part of the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, a percentage of funds raised will also go to the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation, a new charity established to deliver cricket based sport, education and health projects to benefit the people of Derbyshire.
McGrath will join former Australian team-mates Damien Martyn, Ian Harvey and Jason Gillespie – and England legend Darren Gough - in the McGrath Foundation XI.
They go head-to-head with a Cricket Derbyshire XI featuring West Indian legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, England Women’s star Sarah Taylor and Derbyshire legends such as Kim Barnett, Devon Malcom and Kevin Dean.
Aussie legend McGrath is excited to be part of the Chesterfield Turns Pink Twenty20 match.
He said: “Cricket has become an important part of the McGrath Foundation fabric, with events like these truly helping to make a difference. We’re so proud to already be gearing up for our Sixth Pink Test in Sydney. It’s incredible to see that the magic of the Pink Test is spreading around the world, as far as South Africa and now Derbyshire, England.
“We’re thrilled to have 84 McGrath Breast Care Nurses working across Australia who together have supported over 20,000 Australian families experiencing breast cancer. We believe we need 150 McGrath Breast Care Nurses nationally to achieve our vision. It is friends, families and communities coming together at events such as Chesterfield Turns Pink that will help make our vision a reality.”
Simon Storey, Chief Executive, Derbyshire CCC said: “As well as raising much needed funds and awareness in relation to something that touches the hearts of so many, we’re also delighted to be putting Chesterfield on the map as the host town for this groundbreaking event.
“Our thanks go to everyone making this event possible and in particular to Glenn McGrath for pioneering the involvement of his charity in Chesterfield Turns Pink’s inaugural year.”
Sponsorship opportunities for businesses are available as well as the sale of match tickets. Chesterfield based auto-retailer Autoworld have already become the first company to pledge their support.
Autoworld Group Operations Director Tony Cordin said: “There’s no doubt that this is a great event for a truly worthwhile cause and we are delighted to offer our support.
“It promises to be a great evening of entertainment that will hopefully raise significant revenue for the three excellent charities.”
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, added: “It is brilliant that a great fund-raising event like this is coming to Chesterfield as part of the cricket festival.
“As the game will also have celebrities who are not normally associated with cricket, we hope it will help widen the appeal of the festival to even more people and hopefully inspire some of today’s young people to take up the sport.”
Lisa Brown, Area Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Care said: “We are delighted to be part of Chesterfield Turns Pink. In the UK someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 11 minutes, so the demand for our free services is huge. The fundraising from events like thisare hugely appreciated and ensures that we can continue our life-changing work."
Turning Chesterfield Pink is in association with the McGrath Foundation, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Chesterfield Borough Council, Breast Cancer Care and the newly-launched Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation.
Hours of play: 6pm to 8.45pm. Tickets purchased in advance are priced £15 for adults, £5 for juniors and children under 5 are free.
Adult tickets on the day are £20 or £15 for a card holding member of Derbyshire County Cricket Club; £5 for juniors and children under 5 are free.
Car Parking is priced at £4 in advance; £5 on the day. This match is not included in 2013 Membership.
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