In the days leading up to Bingara Community Health’s pink football day, in aid of the National breast Cancer Foundation, members of staff at Bingara MPS were busy dyeing socks pink with pink hands on show and 202 single socks blowing in the wind on the clothes line at the MPS.
With the Orange Festival in full swing, Bec Mack from Gwydir Shire Council had organised a pink ribbon bucket at the kids’ pony rides in Fay’s Park for a gold coin donation to have a ride. This was the beginning of people getting in the pink spirit. At Gwydir Oval, Bingara Minor League players showed off their pink socks in their games against Moree.
Paul and Lisa McLachlan were right behind organising this,so the up and coming Bullets could be part of this day too.The Bingara Ladies’ Tag team,the Bingara Missiles followed in true spirit, wearing pink socks in their game against Uralla.The girls also wore pink tags for the day.
The Bingara Bullets ran out on the field at 3pm wearing pink socks, some a little tight, but this did not deter them from supporting the cause. Some players had gone further, having pink boot laces to match.
The referee for the day joined in the “pink” and wore a pink guernsey which was organised by Damian Galvin.This was on loan from Jason Higgins who used to referee in the local area and has now moved to Sydney. His generosity was appreciated.
Both the Bullets and the Missiles played with “pink ribbon footballs” which were later signed by team members and auctioned at the Imperial Hotel that evening. Robert Northcott kindly performed the role of auctioneer for the evening. Geoff McCosker won the bidding on the Missiles’ ball, paying $100.
Brad Craddock and Ben Mack bid against each other for the Bullets’ ball, Brad finally winning the bidding at $310. Angela Pankhurst and Sharon Price from Community Health were in the pink spirit, zooming around on their pink decorated Gophers with pink buckets collecting donations from the crowd. Sue Mack, Health Service Manager and Tiffany Galvin sold Pink merchandise on the day also.
Bingara Bakehouse donated pink hot dog buns and Cherisse Amer and her helpers in the canteen added lots of pink items for sale, along with a pink donation bucket on the counter. Little Jack Walton, who was one of the ball boys, even added his ball boy money to the canteen’s pink bucket, instead of buying a drink.
David “Butch” Childs was a great sport in dyeing his hair pink for the occasion.
Susan Bridges from La Vogue Hair Salon generously donating the “hair do”.
When he first offered to do this, Butch said he would be happy if he raised $400. Beyond his wildest dreams, at last count he had raised $1200 with still more donations coming in!
All in all, the day was a success well beyond expectations and everyone had a lot of fun. So far, Bingara Community Health has raised $2500 for Breast Cancer Research. The final count on the takings will be available next week.Thanks must go to all involved in the success of the day, particularly the footballers and Missilesand their club supporters for making it happen.