Media Briefing Notes: Mcgrath Foundation And The 3 Mobile Sydney Test

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MEDIA BRIEFING NOTES FOR 3 MOBILE SYDNEY TEST 


3 JANUARY TO 7 JANUARY 2010


As at 2 January 2010


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

: Contact either Kylea Tink on 0419 185 671 or Eleanor

Garth on 0411 273 976 at the McGrath Foundation


CORE MCGRATH FOUNDATION KEY MESSAGES:



The McGrath Foundation aims to raise money to both place McGrath Breast

Care Nurses in rural and regional Australia, while at the same time increasing

breast awareness among young women (women under 40).



Today (as at January 2, 2010) there are 53 fully funded McGrath Breast Care

Nurses scattered around the Australia in areas as diverse as Bundaberg in

Queensland, Whyalla in South Australia and Perth in WA. (Other locations

include: Bega and Moruya -

NSW; Albury Wodonga –NSW/ VIC border, Port

Lincoln and Port Augusta – South Australia, Darwin – NT and Canberra - ACT). 


for a list of all locations and to meet

our nurses.



Breast care nurses are specially trained nurses who act as patient advocates,

coordinating care for women with breast cancer and their families and

friends. In doing so they work to ensure physical, psychological and basic

support needs are met.



For the McGrath Foundation, as long as there is a chance even one young

woman can be helped by increasing their level of knowledge about breast

health

and what they should be looking for (in terms of changes),

the

Foundation will continue to focus on increasing awareness within this group.

Early detection saves lives.



It really doesn’t matter where people are when they are watching the 3

mobile Test against Pakistan in Sydney – everyone can get involved either by

simply donning a splash of pink or by going to the Foundation’s website to

make a donation –

www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au. All those who do

donate will have the chance to win one of the unique signed players shirts

from Day 1.



While we have come a long way there are still many Australian families out

there that need the support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse and the

Foundation is committed to continuing to work to meet this need. Always

remember that together, we can make a difference.


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To support the Foundation, or to learn more about its work, go

to:




KEY INFORMATION REGARDING 3 MOBILE SYDNEY TEST:



Once again, the 3 mobile Sydney Test will be turning pink in support of the

McGrath Foundation!  Cricket Cares and 3 mobile, together with the SCG

Trust and Cricket NSW, have again joined forces to ensure the SCG is

resplendent in pink when the 3 Mobile Test is played between Australia and

Pakistan from 3 January and 7 January 2010.



Ultimately, it won’t matter where you are in Australia during the Test –

everyone will have the

opportunity to win a ‘one of a kind’ signed player shirt

from Day 1 of the Test OR a signed limited edition Test baggy pink as made

by the makers of the original Australian baggy green, Albion

.  All you have to

do is

donate

via the Foundation’s website portal at

www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au anytime between the 3 January to the 7

January for your chance to win!  



Cricket fans attending the Test at the SCG from Days 1 to 5 should look out

for McGrath Foundation volunteers who will be handing out pink zinc in

exchange for a gold coin donation and selling the limited edition pink

bandanas.  



In addition to the above for the first time people attending the match will

also have the opportunity to purchase limited edition men’s and women’s

pink polos, caps, wide brim hats, flags and novelty wigs.



For those watching from home, pink merchandise can be ordered directly

from the McGrath Foundation website at www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au

Perfect for the cricket, the hottest new merchandise item is the hot pink

McGrath Foundation stubby holder which says, “I like boobs, look after yours.

Be Breast Aware” for only $10 exclusively from Shop Pink at




Thanks to the generous support of our many friends, the following signed

cricketing merchandise and memorabilia has been pledged to the McGrath

Foundation and will be available on eBay from 8 January 2009.



Adam Gilchrist signed hot pink wicket keeping gloves as worn at the

Australian Cricketer’s Association All*Star Twenty20 Match in Brisbane in

November 2009 (confirmed)



Shane Warne’s hot pink jacket, signed by Shane, Glenn McGrath and the

entire Channel 9 Commentary Team, as worn at the 3 mobile Sydney Test

in January 2009 (TBC)


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Glenn McGrath’s signed Puma cricket shoes as worn at the Australian

Cricketer’s Association All*Star Twenty20 Match in Brisbane in November

2009 (confirmed but double-check what we have)



Chris Gayle (West Indies captain) signed pair of McGrath Foundation

batting gloves



People wishing to bid on these items can visit

ww.mcgrathfoundation.com.au to join the Foundation’s e-newsletter

database to be kept abreast of when they become available!



Events like the Sydney Test are the perfect opportunity to help the McGrath

Foundation raise awareness as well as vital funds - while at the same time

having fun! 


KEY ACTIVITIES AT THE 3 MOBILE SYDNEY TEST:


Day 3 (5 January 2010) – Jane McGrath Day



Sporting legends Glenn McGrath, Michael Bevan, Lisa Sthalekar, Catherine

Cox, Bondi Surf Life Saver Andrew Reid, and landscape gardener Jason

Hodges will be throwing some snags on the barbie for the BBQ – Me and You:

McGrath Foundation Cooks, feeding the cricket masses in return for a gold

coin donation to the McGrath Foundation - all in celebration of Jane

McGrath Day.  BBQ will be taking place from 8:30am to 10:00am on Jane

McGrath Day (Day 3 on 5 January 2010) at Gate C and F at the SCG.


For one day only and in honour of Jane the Ladies Stand at the SCG will be

renamed the Jane McGrath Stand.


Lunch on Day 3: The Pink Lads – who have run from Melbourne to Sydney will

arrive at the SCG


The Great Betfair Pigeon Race: From Narromine to Trangie 12 elite racing

pigeons will fight it out for glory. Can “Tubby” get up again?


Jane McGrath High Tea will be hosted for the second year in a row at the

Indoor Cricket Centre in the Member’s Area, with special celebrity guests. 

Tickets can be purchased from www.scgt.nsw.gov.au for $50.


WAYS PEOPLE CAN CONTACT THE MCGRATH FOUNDATION:

To donate or join the e-newsletter: 


Call: 

(02) 8962 6100

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION


Key Achievements of the McGrath Foundation from 22 June 2008 to 22 June 2009



The swelling of the ranks of the McGrath Breast Care Nurse army to a total of

53 represents a 30 percent increase in the number of breast care nurses in

Australia – a significant step forward in supporting women diagnosed with

breast cancer in rural and regional Australia, and their families, who

traditionally have limited access to such support services.



Going forward, the McGrath Foundation will continue to build on this army of

McGrath Breast Care Nurses around Australia, as well as finding fun and

innovative ways for the Australian public to support the Foundation, with

everything from pink license plates, racing clubs, multivitamins, fruit and

vegetables to hard hats and safety vests for workmen.



The McGrath Foundation is thankful for the amazing support of the Australian

community, who have rallied behind the charity hosting over 400 community

fundraising events in 2009 in the Foundation’s name, with another 40 planned

in the next six months of 2010 – with everything from pink cricket and football

matches, race days, high teas and even breaking world records!  Without the

support of the community, the Foundation wouldn’t have been able to

achieve everything that they have in the past year – “our success is only

because of them, proving that, together, we CAN make a difference.” Glenn

McGrath



People wanting to show their support of the McGrath Foundation can make

a donation via the website at www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au or at any

National Australia Bank branch:


Account Name:  McGrath Foundation Ltd

Account Number:  589 271 582

BSB:  082-067



To find out more about the McGrath Foundation or how you can help make

a difference, please visit www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au.


McGrath Foundation History


Established in 2005 by Jane McGrath and her Australian cricketing legend

husband Glenn, the McGrath Foundation aims to both raise money to place

McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia while at the

same time increasing breast awareness among young women (women

under 40).



Jane was only 31 years old when she first diagnosed with breast cancer.

While she and Glenn were a couple they were not married, had no children

and she was in a foreign country a long way from home. Regardless, she and

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Glenn found a way through that initial diagnosis although the process was

confusing and complicated.



Following that initial experience, Jane and Glenn were asked by Random

House Publishing to write a book about their experiences. Part of the

proceeds of that book -

A Love for Life -

was used to establish the

McGrath

Breast Cancer Foundation

. In the years that followed this money was used to

provide resources –

such as computers –

to major oncology centres

(including St George Hospital, Sydney).



In 2003, Jane was re-diagnosed with breast cancer – an event that shocked

her

and Glenn. The key difference was that this time Jane had access to a

breast care nurse and the impact that that had on their experience was

extraordinary. Jane and Glenn finally had someone that could help make

sense of what was happening around them, explain the treatment options

and the possible side effects or complications, and almost most importantly,

someone with whom Jane could voice her fears.


McGrath Foundation’s Purpose


From this experience, Jane and Glenn developed a deep seated belief that

every woman

diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia, and their families

and carers, should have access to a breast care nurse regardless of where

they lived or their financial situation. 



In 2005,

the McGrath Foundation was relaunched with the aims of both

raising money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in those areas that were

in greatest need and to increase breast awareness among young women.



Today (as at 1 January 2010) there are 53 fully funded McGrath Breast Care

Nurses scattered around the Australia in areas as diverse as Bundaberg in

Queensland, Whyalla in South Australia and Perth in WA.


(Other locations include: Bega and Moruya - NSW; Albury Wodonga – on the

NSW/ VIC border, Port Lincoln and Port Augusta –

South Australia. Visit our

website at www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au to see all locations and to meet

our McGrath Breast Care Nurses in these states)



As a result of Jane’s passion for the support of breast care nurses and her

commitment to sourcing additional funding, in June 2008 the McGrath

Foundation signed a contract with the Australian Government for the funding

of additional breast care nurses nationwide over a four year period (from

2008). 



Using this funding the McGrath Foundation announced in October 2008 that

an additional 44 communities across Australia will have access to their own

McGrath Breast Care Nurse before the end of June 2009. 


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This represents over a 30 percent increase in the number of dedicated breast

care nurses employed nationwide. 



Locations are spread across the

country, in every state, with local

communities welcoming the news. 


What’s so special about a McGrath Breast Care Nurse?


Breast care nurses are specially trained nurses who act as patient advocates,

coordinating care for women with breast cancer and their families and

carers. In doing so,

they work to ensure physical, psychological and basic

support needs are met.



The McGrath Foundation works with the community and local health services

right across Australia to assess which areas are most in need of the support of

a breast care nurse. 



Once identified, the Foundation needs to raise approximately $350,000 to

place a McGrath Breast Care Nurse in the community for a minimum three

year period.


Key Breast Cancer Statistics


Currently one in nine Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer

by the age of 85 but certainly not all of them will be fortunate enough to

have the support of a breast care nurse. 



There were over 12,000 new breast cancer cases diagnosed in 2004 and a

projected incidence of 14,000 in 2011.



Of all of these diagnoses, approximately 6 percent will be younger women

(40 years old).



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR INTERVIEWS WITH TRACY BEVAN OR A MCGRATH

BREAST CARE NURSE, PLEASE CONTACT THE MCGRATH FOUNDATION

:

Kylea Tink - 0419185671

Eleanor Garth - 0411 273 976







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