United in Players for Pink charity football match

In a demonstration of community spirit, Ballarat Clarendon College and Loreto College came together to raise awareness for breast cancer at the annual Players for Pink charity football match yesterday. Players for Pink started in 2006 by Old Collegians after their school nurse was diagnosed with breast cancer. The event has become a major event on the Clarendon calendar and serves as a platform for raising awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia each year. Breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Australian women, with alarming statistics projecting over 20,000 new cases in women and over 170 in men this year alone.

Players for Pink not only raises funds but also provides students with an opportunity to participate in sports while championing a great cause alongside their peers. Annabelle Moloney (Year 12) reflects on her experience with the event, “I started playing my first Players for Pink in Year 10, and it quickly became a highlight of the calendar for me. I looked up to the senior girls who coordinated the event and I thought that I wanted that to be me one day. I really enjoy getting around and being a part of community events like this. This event is bigger than a game of sport. I felt privileged to be a part of a great cause.”

Echoing Annabelle’s sentiments, Ruby Kinnersly (Year 12) shares, “It was such a great game to watch. Seeing both players and supporters from two schools come together to raise awareness for breast cancer was so inspiring and motivating.”

Various fundraising activities occurred around the campus, including a pink bake sale, merchandise sales and a barbecue. Many staff and students wore a touch of pink to display their support throughout Middle and Senior Schools.

“I loved the event! It was so much fun and provided me with the opportunity to play sport for my school with some of my best friends for a good cause – what more could I ask for,” added Annabelle.

We are proud of our students’ dedication and sportsmanship who helped raise nearly $6,000 for a great cause. As we celebrate this year’s success for fundraising efforts, we look forward to fostering this tradition for generations to come.