The Central Coast Mariners will swap their usual yellow get-ups to wear bright pink for one home match this Hyundai A-League season in support of women’s cancer research, prevention and support services: proudly supported by Brightfield Integrated Facilities Management.
Josh Rose, Fabio Ferreira and Mickey Neill were on hand at the Cancer Information Centre, Gosford Hospital to launch the new-look pink kits for the most recent edition of ‘Pink Day’ that will coincide with a fixture (to be confirmed) at Central Coast Stadium this campaign.
For the fourth season in a row, the Mariners will dedicate a Hyundai A-League matchday to supporting Pink Ribbon Day – an annual initiative organised by Australia’s Cancer Council.
Since 2012 the Mariners have raised almost $60 000 by donning pink jerseys, followed by an online auction of the kits along with bucket collections and other collaborative fundraising initiatives between the Mariners & Cancer Council NSW.
In a major boost for the Mariners, Brightfield Integrated Facilities Management also pledged their support to the Club’s ‘Pink Day’ initiative, a relationship that commenced last season. The Central Coast Mariners are pleased to announce that Brightfield are back IN for the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 Season ‘Pink Day’.
Brightfield – who offer flexible, specialist facilities management solutions tailored to each individual client and business – will not only have their brand re-appear on the Club’s pink kits, but donate $10 from the sale of each special edition jersey to Cancer Council NSW.
Brightfield’s National Business Development Manager, Daniel Campbell, said the company is delighted to have partnered with the Mariners in the name of a great cause.
“Both Brightfield and the Mariners have always had their base on the Central Coast, Campbell said.
“We are proud to be the Pink Day sponsor – our office has been touched by cancer so to have the opportunity to sponsor the Mariners and support the Cancer Council is something that really means a lot to Brightfield.
“We did have a look at a number of sponsorship deals with a number of different clubs and codes, but we kept coming back to the Mariners. They have enjoyed enormous success over the last ten years but they have never lost their grounding – the members still remain the real focus. Brightfield has that same focus and commitment to the same people that have supported us over the last ten years,” he said.
Every day in Australia, around 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer.
In the Central Coast region, it is predicted that, by 2016, 328 people will be diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer in a single year, with 67 deaths expected.
Cancer Council NSW Community Engagement Manager – Central Coast, Sarah Russell, said her organisation is pleased to have extended their association with the Mariners.
“Cancer Council NSW is proud to be the charity partner of the Central Coast Mariners’ Pink Ribbon Day game,” Sarah said.
“Central Coast Mariners and their fans have already raised over $60,000 over the past three years for Cancer Council NSW. This year the funds will be used to educate our community about our Sun Smart Program. Central Coast is a hot spot for Melanoma and we know that a third of cancers can be prevented. The Mariners will be able to assist with a prevention message at games, provide sunscreen at their community events and educate the youth of the importance of sun safety.
“Cancer Council NSW is an independent cancer charity that receives no government funding, so we are truly blessed to have a partnership with the Mariners – we can’t thank them enough for their support,” she concluded.