Innisfail Leprechauns to go pink to tackle breast cancer

Innisfail Leprechauns will host a Pink Footy Day at Callendar Park on Saturday, July 6 to raise awareness for breast cancer treatments.

A Grade players will be kitted out in special one-off pink jerseys, shorts and socks for their local derby home game clash against Tully Tigers.

Although Tully are still searching for their first win of the season, both sides are expecting fierce rivalry and a tough assignment as their last encounter ended in a gritty 16-16 draw.

After the A Grade game, an auction of all 17 game-worn player jerseys will be held at Brothers Leagues Club where 100% of all net proceeds raised being donated to Innisfail Breast Cancer Support Group.

At the auction, it is expected there will be fierce bidding on a number of highly sought after jerseys, with players also wanting to keep their own jerseys.

Innisfail Breast Cancer Support Group keeps funds locally to assist women in the Cassowary Coast region who have been diagnosed with breast cancer by offering support services such as specialised bra fitting days and supplying magazines and newspapers to the chemotherapy rooms at Innisfail Hospital.

Zoe Dunne said the vision of group was to provide ongoing support to women in the region and to promote breast cancer awareness in the local community.

Innisfail Leprechauns contacted Mrs Dunne and said they were keen to come on board and support the worthy cause, as a number of people in the rugby league family have been affected by breast cancer, as well as family and friends.

On the day, Innisfail Breast Cancer Support Group will have merchandise for sale, including pink footy socks and a raffle with all proceeds going back to the group so they can continue to provide vital support services.

The group especially wished to thank jersey and shorts sponsors Chemist Warehouse, Ron & Dan's Butchery, Back In Motion Chiropractic, Ray's Barber Shop, Austo's Machining and Adbri Masonry for their generous support.

This is not the first time Innisfail Leprechauns have thrown their support behind breast cancer treatment, having hosted a Pink Sports Day in 2017 where players wore pink socks. They also held a Pink Jersey fundraiser auction in 2008 which raised thousands of dollars for National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Main image: Innisfail Breast Cancer Support Group coordinator Zoe Dunne with Innisfail Leprechauns A grade players Lachlan Biondi-Odo and captain Robert Haren wearing the limited edition pink jerseys which will be auctioned off after the game against Tully Photo: John Fossey