Pink Stump day hits it for six
ALTHOUGH only amateur cricket players, when these teams get together they know how to hit it for six when it comes to fundraising.
This year the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union Northern Territory social club, with the help of other Top End unions, set an ambitious target of raising $50,000 for the McGrath Foundation.
According CFMEU NT Social Club foundation member Mick Huddy, reaching their total would mean they are the biggest contributor to the Pink Stumps initiative Australia wide - the group also topped the country last year.
Aside from their cricket tournament, which pinned unions against unions, the money was raised through selling raffle tickets and auctioning off donated goods.
When asked why this group punched above the national average for fundraising Mick had simple explanation: "it's the community”.
"The community is just very generous when it comes to giving,” he said.
"And I think with the McGrath Foundation people know about the breast care nurses and how important they are.”
For the tournament, Mick was quick to admit most players were there to support the charity and have fun, rather than hone their competitive cricket skills.
"We had the ETU (Electrical Trades Union), AMWU (Australian Manufacturing and Workers Union) and the MUA (Maritime Union of Australia) all there,” he said.
AMWU were the victors on the day, defeating the MUA in a close final.
In the past six years, thousands of teams from across Australia have come together on Pink Stumps Day to play and fundraise more than $4.7m for the McGrath Foundation.
Last year CFMEU NT Social Club raised more than $34,000.
At the moment, the tally for this year was sitting at $38,480 but Mick was confident more donated money would roll though in the coming days.
"There were over 30 raffle prizes,” he said.
Visit www.pinkstumpsday2017.gofundraise.com.au/page/CFMEUNTSOCIALCLUB to support the fundraiser.