SSAA National has donated $10,000 to the McGrath Foundation to kick start its campaign to raise funds for the breast cancer nursing charity. The cheque was warmly received by cricketing legend Glenn McGrath from SSAA National President Bob Green in mid August.
While $10,000 is a lot of money, it costs $100,000 to fund just one breast care nurse and SSAA National will be seeking members’ support and generosity to raise more dollars for this worthy cause.
“The SSAA, as we all know, is a male-dominated sporting and hunting association and as men, we know how valued and cherished the women in our lives are, be it our mothers, wives, daughters, grand-daughters or friends,” Mr Green said. “This is our opportunity to give back and hopefully make a difference to the lives of breast cancer sufferers and survivors.”
Talks between the McGrath Foundation and SSAA were held when Glenn McGrath brought the role of the charity to the attention of the Association soon after his front cover feature story in the Australian Shooter magazine last year. Glenn’s wife Jane McGrath co-founded the McGrath Foundation after her initial recovery from breast cancer. Jane experienced first hand the shortage of breast care nurses in Australia during her treatment and became determined to help others in her situation.
Today, the McGrath Foundation aims to raise funds to place more breast care nurses throughout the country while generating support and raising awareness of the cause. So far, the Foundation has directly funded six breast care nurses, mainly in rural areas without current access to them.