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Kilmore junior netballers don pink to raise money for breast cancer research

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By Tricia Mifsud

KILMORE Junior Netball Club hosted its annual Pink Day on Saturday, with the club donating $1875 to the Breast Cancer Network Australia.

All seven Kilmore sides played at home over the weekend, with a raffle, the canteen and several stalls opened throughout the day to raise money.

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Club treasurer Jodie Schultz said the Kilmore Broadford Netball Association had made Pink Day an annual event for the past seven years, only missing out on hosting the event in 2020 because of COVID-19.

“We’ve been doing Pink Day for six, seven years, in recognition of when netball was predominantly a female sport,” she said.

“With breast cancer [affecting so many women], we thought it went hand in hand.”

Along with the fundraising measures which included a virtual donation page, the netballers wore pink in their hair, and pink position bibs that were only worn for Pink Day.

A pink netball was also used for each of the seven games.

KBNA coaches and officials dressed up in pink costumes to support Kilmore’s Pink Day.

“The ball was then given to the player who may not have necessarily been the best player, but was the player who gave the best effort and embraced the team spirit,” Ms Schultz said.

Coaches and other officials dressed up in pink costumes on the day, including Ms Schultz who ran around dressed as a flamingo, while coaching the under nines.

The event will continue to run each year, with plans already underway for next year’s Pink Day.

Ms Schultz said that along with the fundraising efforts, the club was pleased to be able to have their Pink Day this year, and have the children returning to play sport.

“Our whole focus is getting kids back to play sports, socialising and getting them out and about… it’s just not about winning,” she said.

“We are grateful to have the children back and having the special days run again makes it even better.”

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