By Taryn Elder
Despite the rain in Sydney yesterday (torrential is a word that comes to mind), it was a packed house for the Jane McGrath High Tea at the Sydney Cricket Ground. There was a star studded list of attendees including current Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who attended the event with his wife Lucy and comedian Adam Spencer kept the crowd amused as the event MC, he's a seriously funny guy.
Other familiar faces included Channel Nine Sports Presenter Erin Molan, Australian Cricket Coach Darren Lehmann, as well as X Factor Singer Michaela Baranov, who entertained the crowd with her version of Beyonce's Crazy Right Now.... she can seriously sing.
The annual event hosted by the McGrath foundation, aims to raise money for Breast Cancer Care Nurses around Australia and this year the fundarising target over the duration of the Commonwealth Bank Pink Test is $380,000, which will enable to foundation to fund another breast care nurse over the course of three years. The foundation has already raised $120,000 during this year's Pink Test thanks to generous donations from those attending, as well as from online donations. So if you can open those pockets people please do, as the foundation still needs to hit their target!
Over the past eight years the Pink Test event has helped to raise more than $5 million to fund 110 McGrath Breast Care Nurses around Australia, with over 40,000 families supported by the initiative. Yesterday a number of nurses, patients, volunteers and families affected by breast cancer united at the event to help raise funds and honour the McGrath Foundation and its work. Everyone in the room had a story to share about the ways in which the disease has affected them or someone they know.
Former Australian cricketer and foundation President Glenn McGrath also took to the stage at the High Tea event to honour his late wife Jane McGrath, who started the foundation with her best friend Tracy Bevan in 2008, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. He spoke to the crowd about how important it was for his late wife to have the support of a breast cancer nurse during her treatment, thanking the 'angels'. (A term that was commonly used by Jane).
The Prime Minister also spoke about the amazing difference the charity had made to the lives of people around the country, and the ways in which the Australia community has embraced the Pink Test. (Just for the record the Prime Minister is a fan of pink and features the colour in his wardrobe choices regularly).
A number of Australian cricket players partners and their families were also on hand to show their support including Australian captain Steve Smith's partner Dani Willis, Kayla Dickson (partner of James Pattinson) and Cherina Murphy-Christian (partner of Josh Hazlewood). The girls gave the crowd more than they bargained for, providing a hilarious insight into the lives and hobbies of the players. Who knew James Pattinson was a Taylor Swift fan? Yep.. apparently, loves her tunes.
The West Indies Cricket Team also showed their support for the event with a number of players and their partners wearing the colour pink over the course of the event and a number of player's partners also at the High Tea. The cause hit a little close to home for West Indies player Carlos Brathwaite, who supported his mother through her cancer battle.
Crowds of people also took to the SCG in the colour pink, showing their support despite no actual cricket being played due to the rain affected pitch. A big shout out to the happy bride wearing a wedding dress.... you know who you are!
For those wondering, there is definitely still time to donate to the McGrath Foundation to help them reach their fundraising goal! So head to pinkest.com.au and dig deep.