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The Wanderers Stadium will be painted pink when South Africa host England for the popular annual Momentum One-Day International fixture, which will be played on Sunday, 9 February, 2020.
Cricket South Africa (CSA), together with sponsors Momentum and the Central Gauteng Lions (CGL), on Tuesday announced a series of events that will be played out around the ninth edition of #PinkDay – one of the highlights of the country’s sporting calendar.
All proceeds raised will go towards the Breast Care Unit at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg.
The initiative has been held annually to create awareness regarding breast cancer. The 2019/20 build-up begins as soon as next week (7 October) through the #PitchUpInPink Mondays with various prize giveaways planned for any member of society who gets involved.
Other events include the Pink Walk, scheduled for 31 January 2020, followed by the Pink Golf Day on 5 February.
There are also plans for fund raising days, Pink fashion lines, engagement with the music industry, schools, corporate sector, cricket clubs and the community at large – all in the name of breast cancer awareness and helping to fight the disease.
Over R1-million was raised from the last #PinkDay and over R5-million in the past five years.
“Whilst we’re extremely proud of South Africa’s generosity, we have no intention of ending our innings just yet,” incoming Chief Executive Officer of CGL, Jono Leaf-Wright, said.
“When I heard where the funds would be going, I personally visited the Breast Care Unit with my wife a few weeks back, and I was both chilled to the bone and warmed to my heart: There are great people out there, doing incredible work and I feel it is our duty not to stop there.
“Strangely enough though, having said that, the day has very little to do with on the field action, and more to do with our fundraising efforts and awareness creation from today until sunset on 9 February next year.”
Kugandrie Govender, the Chief Commercial Officer at CSA, added: “The annual Pink Day ODI at the Wanderers Stadium is a big occasion for us. But it is a lot more than that.
“Cricket is the central focus, but it is a day that brings together people from diverse communities through the support we get from corporates, the global cricket family and most importantly from the wider public.
“It is truly one of the iconic events on the South African sporting calendar.
“With the risk of breast cancer and its high impact on a family, we are proud of our support in raising awareness and mobilising cricket fans through the PinkDrive campaign.
“I would especially like to thank the England and Wales Cricket Board and their players for once again giving their whole-hearted support to the spirit of this season’s Pink ODI. This is the second time they have done this and the last one was a memorable encounter that went right down to the wire.
“We have also been grateful to the Boards of Pakistan, India, the West Indies and Sri Lanka who have given us unwavering support in the past as well. This shows truly what sport can do.”
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