Karalee Tornadoes celebrated Women in League with their Pink Day celebrations raising $2620 for Breast Cancer Network Australia.
Home games at Karalee became a community event this weekend, with every player at the club wearing pink socks and laces with pride.
Karalee president Amy Huckel said that in addition to the funds raised, the day was about teaching the young players the important role women play in the game of rugby league on and off the field at all levels.
“At Karalee, we try to not only teach our club members the greatest game of all, but we pride ourselves on teaching them how to become great men and women as well,” Huckel said.
“We spoke to them all at training about how women in league is not just about women who play rugby league, it’s your mum who drives you to training or your sister, aunty or grandma who comes to watch.
"It’s all the women who work in the canteen, on the gate and around the club. It’s thanking them for all they do for all of us.”
As part of the celebrations, the players all had a special woman in their life take part of a guard of honour for the players as they ran onto the field.
Upon arriving on the field, the players embraced their special person and were presented with a flower.
“It really was an amazing thing to witness,” Huckel said. “The love and respect shown by all who participated was something we all need more of in our lives.
“I’m so very proud of my club and all the clubs who embraced this concept on the day and helped us raise money for the Breast Cancer Network.”
Huckel said that the club intends to make the Pink Day an annual event on the Karalee calendar.