East Malvern Junior Football Club’s girls’ teams turned pink in Round 4, all in the name of a good cause.
The Knights are partnering with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and raising funds for those who need support in their fight against breast cancer.
East Malvern JFC President Steve Foulds said the Knights were hoping to raise a five-figure donation through the jumpers.
“We’ve got eight teams wearing the jumpers and we hope to raise between $10-20,000 for BCNA,” he said.
“Each of our girls have to raise $100 each in order to keep their pink jumper and we ordered 180 jumpers so we’re hoping that target will be met pretty quickly.
“ISC Teamwear also donated 50% of the cost in producing the jumper to the cause and Henley Homes underwrote the jumpers for the club.
CEO of Henley Properties and Team Manager of the Knights’ Under 16 Girls team Antony Blackshaw said Henley were delighted to get behind the initiative.
“My daughter is playing in the Knights’ Under 16 team and the whole concept started off with the fact that I thought it would be great for her to end up with a footy jumper at the end of the year because normally the girls don’t get to keep their jumpers,” he said.
“I approached the owners of Henley who thought it was a great idea that we could firstly let the girls have a memento of the season but also do some good for the community and raise money for the BCNA.”
Foulds said East Malvern is committed to giving back to the community to help others.
“I think it’s important for any club to have an association with any good cause. We run our Pie Night through Challenge as well so we’re heavily involved in these sorts of things and we think it’s really important for the kids to get an understanding of what the BCNA is all about.”
The Knights will continue to wear the pink jumpers as their ‘clash’ strip for the remainder of the season.