Indian breast cancer awareness group to help spread an important message on Jane McGrath Day
Grass roots breast cancer awareness group Pink Sari Inc. is preparing to attend the Jane McGrath Day at the Domain Pink Test in Sydney next month (Australia vs India 5 January 2019) to drive an important message for Indian communities in Australia, whilst helping to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.
Pink Sari Inc. President Shantha Viswanathan said, “Our goal as a group is to continually improve the breast screen rates of Indian and Sri Lankan women throughout New South Wales as rates in these communities have traditionally been much lower than average. Our awareness raising initiatives have seen the screening rates exceed the original target by at least a seventeen per cent increase.”
She added that the mission is to unite with the McGrath Foundation around the importance of early detection and regular breast screening in these communities, whilst supporting the McGrath Foundation’s objective to help the thousands of people experiencing breast cancer every year.
The Pink Test has become the largest sporting fundraising initiative in Australia where the cricket community, both on and off the field, wear pink as a symbolic show of support for those experiencing breast cancer and raise much needed funds for the McGrath Foundation.
“The event will see a flood of Indian supporters from Pink Sari Inc. all dressed in pink and performing some vibrant Indian dances. Supporters are invited to join the Bollywood dance, contributing to the incredible display of colour,” said Ms Viswanathan.
McGrath Foundation CEO Holly Masters said around 18,000 women and 150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Australia. “So one of our core priorities is to raise awareness about breast health understanding including the importance of regular monthly breast checks,” she added.
“We’re proud to work together with Pink Sari Inc. to help spread this important message in Indian and Sri Lankan communities. It’s set to be a magical Pink Test this year as Australian and Indian cultures meet. The incredible party atmosphere will be sure to make it the best place to watch some of the world’s greatest cricket in action and with your support we’ll be aiming high so we can support all those experiencing breast cancer,” Masters continued.
To donate to the McGrath Foundation or to find out more visit pinktest.com.au. To join Team Pink Sari Inc. go to: www.facebook.com/pinksariinc