SCG turns pink for Jane McGrath Day

January 06, 2018

Malcolm Turnbull has urged Australians to dig deep to support the McGrath Foundation.

Glenn McGrath is dreaming of a day when he has a breast care nurse in every corner of Australia.

The SCG will be turned into a sea of pink on Saturday for Jane McGrath Day, with a sellout crowd embracing the breast cancer fundraiser on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test.

The foundation, named in honour of the Australian pace great's late wife, is hoping to raise $1.3 million during the Pink Test.

Over 44,000 people are expected through the gates during what has become one of the biggest days on the Australian cricketing calendar.

Jane McGrath Day has raised $6.5 million during the last decade, with the foundation funding 119 nurses for breast cancer sufferers, many in rural in regional areas.

Humbled at having seen the foundation grow from 30 nurses, McGrath said his dream was to have all of Australia covered.

"The main goal is that every family, every individual going through breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse where they live," McGrath said.

"We've come a long way in a short space of time. We're doing a bit of a needs assessment to see how many more nurses we need.

"We've got a large portion of rural and regional Australia covered. But we're now finding shortages in the outer suburbs of the major cities, western Sydney, east and south-east Melbourne."

The SCG Trust and Cricket Australia held the first Ladies' Day in 2006 and two years later invited the McGrath Foundation to come on board.

Before her death in 2008, Jane McGrath was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to those suffering breast cancer.

Glenn continued the cause and it now receives strong backing from the cricketing community, the Australian team, as well as visiting sides.

"I think she'd be very humbled," McGrath said when asked of what his late wife would make of the day.

"We set the foundation up hoping to help one person by telling her story. What it's grown into now is incredible.

"I played cricket for 14 years, I thought one day I might have something named after me at the cricket but it's nice to have something in the family."

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