There was a distinct pink feeling at the Shoalhaven Hockey grand finals on Saturday,
The Berry men's and women's sides, who both won the season deciders, wore special pink socks on the day supporting the "Pink Up Berry" campaign, which the club is a sponsor of, raising money for the Jane McGrath Foundation.
The Pink Up Berry committee has a strong presence of past Berry Hockey Club members with the chairperson being club life member Debbie Woolford.
As well as wearing pink socks, the club also had socks for sale and sold other McGrath Foundation fundraising items and also had a donation tin available.
The club's efforts raised $1496.
Club president Jodie Simms said she was proud of the efforts.
"A number of our former members are heavily involved in the Pink Up Berry committee and it was great for us as a club to be able to do our bit in supporting them and the whole concept," she said.
"The support was much appreciated, it was great the way our whole club embraced getting behind the cause and thanks to all that gave so generously."
Men's team captain Tim Mather said it was "a pleasure to wear pink socks in support of the McGrath foundation."
"For me it's a nice reminder it's just a game and I'm fortunate enough to be able to run around a field and play.
"We all know a mum, grandmother, daughter, sister, niece and a loved one that has suffered from breast cancer.
"By raising money for the great cause we hope we can help just one person or one family and if so it's worth every second of our time."
Mrs Woolford said the support of the Berry Hockey Club was superb.
"It was fantastic to see such support and the players out there wearing pink socks," she said.
"It's a lovely feeling to know everyone wants to help the McGrath Foundation. It just looked great."
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She said money raised by the Berry Pink Up Group efforts will go towards providing breast care nurses, of which there are 143 across Australia, who provide support to breast cancer sufferers free of charge.
The Pink Up Berry Street Stall will be held at Broughton Court, Queen Street, Berry on Saturday, October 3.
The event, which will have lots of plants, home baked goodies, homemade items, books, raffles and more on offer, will be held from 8am to 2pm.
All proceeds going to the McGrath Foundation and any donations would be greatly appreciated.
The 2019 campaign raised more than $33,000 to help support McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia, with organisers hope the 2020 campaign will be just as fruitful.
The aim is to again to turn the town of Berry pink.
We all know a mum, grandmother, daughter, sister, niece and a loved one that has suffered from breast cancer. By raising money for the great cause we hope we can help just one person or one family and if so it's worth every second.Berry Hockey captain Tim Mather
"We're going to turn everything pink, have fun doing it and help make life a little bit easier for individuals and families experiencing breast cancer," the committee said.
"Due to the ongoing restrictions and uncertainty that COVID-19 has caused, we may be limited in what fundraising events we can host, and we understand that not everybody will be in the position to support us like they did last year.
"However, we do hope that the businesses in Berry will once again join us in Pinking Up Our Town."
Businesses can register to 'Pink Up', at a cost of $20 (per business) - they are supplied with pink bunting to kick off their shop decorating and a certificate of participation.
Fundraising ideas include a pink mufti day or pink themed morning tea for a gold coin donation or adding a 'Pink" item to the menu, and donating a percentage of sales.
Again the popular Pink Up Your Home contest is being conducted.
A team of seamstresses are making fabric face masks ($10 each), which will be available to purchase from the "The Berry Barn-Let", in the Pink Pop Up Store at 116 Queen Street, Berry each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout October.
Other hand sewing items, pickles, jams and the popular rocky road will also be available.
And, of course, Al Bramley who last year "pinked" up his hair is hoping to better his fundraising efforts of $2800. Donations for his efforts can be left at the Berry Newsagency.
For more information on Pink Up Berry you can visit the Pink Up Berry Facebook page, alternatively via email at email@example.com or phone Deb on 0428 005 910.
For the record the both Berry teams tasted grand final victories - the women downed St Georges Basin 4-nil and the men beat Basin 4-2 in a hard-fought encounter.
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