01 July 2019
Since 2014, the local Kybybolite Football and Netball Club has been trading in its iconic black and yellow for one day a year, instead wearing hot pink to raise funds for Cancer Council SA. This year’s event will be taking place on 10 August and is set to be pinker than ever, according to co-organiser Annabel Munn.
Five years ago, one of our 21-year-old players had been diagnosed with leukaemia. We are a very close community, therefore we were devastated by this news.
Within three weeks, we had decided that we would have a Pink Sock Day fundraiser, with every netball and football player taking part. As well as raising some money, it was about spreading awareness within our community. It’s an important message—our younger members need to be aware of and act on any changes, because cancer doesn’t discriminate.
Since that first event, it has grown and grown. We were fortunate enough to have another young footballer buy a set of pink guernseys for last year’s game, which we will wear again with pride in August.
We welcome anyone to come along and join in. On the day we have raffles, money boards and a very impressive trading table with everything pink. After the game is finished and before teas have started we have a small auction, which is a lot of fun. We also have our hashtag board with #kybytigerskickcancer, which has travelled to all the businesses involved and is a chance to snap your own picture.
We’ll be hosting at our Kybybolite Memorial Sports Club on 10 August, which is the last home game of the season. It’s also our Sponsors Day, which is a chance to say a big thank you to all the wonderful businesses who have been so generous in supporting our club throughout the season.
This includes our very own Kyby ‘corporate box’, a semi-trailer parked next to the oval with the side opened up. It’s all decked out in black and yellow, with a touch of pink, with seating and standing areas and locally donated food and drinks. Everyone is asked to wear something pink.
For the first time in 2019, Club President Jamie Tidy will be introducing a new element to the day, called “Kyby Cools Cancer”. Inspired by the AFL’s Big Freeze slide, we’ll be sending down yet to be named local celebrities off the balcony and into a pool of ice—all in the name of fundraising.
Unfortunately, everyone within our Tiger Club has been affected by this insidious disease. We all have a reason to do our part to make a difference so that cancer can be a thing of the past. With such a personal connection for many of our members, it is truly humbling that we receive so much community support that we can pass on to Cancer Council SA’s research, support services and prevention programs.
The Kyby Pink Day would not be possible without Noel “Blackie” Black and Sharon Black, Paula Gust our Club media guru of Gusto Marketing, Football Club President, Jamie Tidy, Mark Munn and local cancer branch President Chris Gale and her Naracoorte branch committee, and the staff at Cancer Council SA. All of our sponsors have been immensely generous and the day would not be successful without their support. We look forward to adding to the $25,000 raised so far over the past four years.
Kyby Pink Day Co-organiser
You can visit https://kybytigerskickcancer.com.au/ to learn more and support.