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MORE than 350 ladies got glammed up in their best pink outfits for Pink Stumps Day, on Saturday, February 18, at the Bowen Sporting Complex, to raise funds for the McGrath foundation.

Pink Stumps Day was first held in 2011, in memory of cricketer Glenn McGrath’s late wife Jane.

He founded the McGrath Foundation to raise money for breast care nurses in rural and regional Australia.

The Bowen Cricket Incorporated Sporting Club hosted the event on the weekend with a target of raising $10,000.

Event organiser Seth Mcintosh said the small team of organisers was still counting the funds raised but he was hopeful they exceeded their target.

“It was a big, fun day,” he said.

“We raised about $8,000 in the tent, through the raffle prizes and that kind of thing.”

There were 365 tickets sold this year, trumping the previous event record of 325.

Mr Mcintosh said the small team of five, who put the event together, were at the grounds organising things until midnight on the nights leading up to it.

Local cancer survivor Jemma Dutton, from Bowen, delivered a speech on her battle with breast cancer, which many people said was the highlight of the day.

MP for Dawson Andrew Willcox and his wife Raylene also attended the event, later posting on Facebook that he was proud to show his support.

“In line with the McGrath Foundation, funds raised go toward supporting women fighting breast cancer,” he said. 

“For Raylene and myself, this horrible disease has affected two close family members, I was proud to show my support today.”

Lots more event photos on page 18.

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