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Canberra football fields dazzled with pink as Belsouth Football Club shoot for a cure

Lachlan Roberts 21 June 2018
Over 900 boys, girls, men and women will trade their traditional blue and white shorts for pink.  Photo: Supplied by Belsouth Football Club

Over 900 boys, girls, men and women will trade their traditional blue and white shorts for pink. Photo: Supplied by Belsouth Football Club.

Football fields across Canberra will be dazzled in bright pink this Saturday (23 June) as Belsouth Football Club turns pink to raise money for the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).

Over 900 boys, girls, men and women will trade their traditional white shorts for pink as the club celebrates its Pink Sports Day for the important cause.

With 70 Belsouth teams in 2018, ranging from the 5-year-old Miniroo ‘Peewees’ to adult men’s and women’s teams, every playing field in Canberra will see pink shorts on the field, all due to the tireless hard work of volunteers at the club.

Last year’s Pink Sports Day raised over $6,000 and received recognition from BCNA as a major supporter. This year, Belsouth hopes to go one better and raise over $10,000.

Club President Andrew Higginson said that he is proud to be part of a club with such a strong community spirit.

“Last year we wanted to do something in the community and breast cancer was just a natural connection. No matter where you turn on the sideline on a Saturday, there is someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” Mr Higginson said.

“It’s wonderful to see Belsouth players, parents, supporters and sponsors working together to support this important cause.

“The pink shorts start a conversation because the opposition team ask why we are dressed in pink. Starting a conversation and raising awareness is what it is all about.”

Mr Higginson said the club was “blown away” by last year’s success and the local community had gone “gangbusters” for the day with local shopping centres pinking up in the lead up to the day.

“Local businesses at Jamison Plaza and Cook Shops have generously pledged to support the fundraising efforts through steps such as donating a proportion of their profits, or getting involved by selling pink bracelets and spraying players’ hair pink for a small donation.”

“BCNA have also sent their 5-metre tall pink lady Veronica to Canberra which will look amazing at the grounds on Saturday.”

Belsouth Pink Sports Day: Murranji Street, Hawker, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday 23 June.  If you want to make a direct donation – click here

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