Amazing $52k raised to fight childhood cancer

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The New South Wales netball community has once again gone above and beyond for a great cause in 2016, with Clubs and Associations all over the State holding Crazy Hair & Sock Days and raising more than $52,000 in aid of childhood cancer research.

Crazy Hair & Sock Days were held to raise money for Netball NSW’s official charity partner, The Kid’s Cancer Project (TKCP), and were a fun way for players, umpires, officials and spectators alike to take part without impacting team uniforms or what goes on out on the court.

In 2016 the NSW Swifts celebrated their Crazy Hair & Sock Round during a 79-41 win over the Central Pulse on Sunday 8 May. The Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre was awash with colour as the Swifts Family got behind a great cause where an amazing $2,000 was raised.

However the grassroots of the game kept the Crazy Hair & Sock fun going all through the netball season with Sutherland Shire Netball Association, for the second year running, raising the most money with a staggering $5,000.

Woy Woy won the lucky draw prize of a framed NSW Swifts playing dress, while a young girl from Ku Ring Gai won best dressed individual. She was awarded an Australian Diamonds scarf and a TKCP bear, which she donated to a child in hospital – amazing!

Dubbo won best dressed group photo and each member of the team won a signed poster and goodie bag along with a TKCP Teddy Bear key ring.

“This is our seventh year running Crazy Hair & Sock Day alongside Netball NSW and it has been the best yet,” Owen Finegan, CEO of The Kid’s Cancer Project, said.

“I cannot overstate how grateful we are to the wonderful netball family in NSW for getting out on court in some really fun outfits to help us in our aim of finding cures for all kinds of childhood cancer.

“This fun initiative has been a major source of fundraising for us and we are delighted that people, young and old, are able to have such enjoyment while making a real difference.

“Thanks again to all.”

Megan Simpson, Deputy CEO – Netball NSW, echoed Finegan’s sentiments and praised everyone involved for their efforts.

“On behalf of Netball NSW I would just like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful Members from every part of the State who have gone the extra mile for this wonderful cause,” Simpson said.

“Netball is all about community and people coming together to develop good values and teamwork and working alongside The Kid’s Cancer Project is a natural fit for us and we are delighted to support them in any way we can.

“They do amazing work in childhood cancer research and we are proud to be affiliated with them.  Every small effort can make a difference, and it’s wonderful to see the annual Crazy Hair & Sock Day continue to grow year on year.

“I would like to congratulate Sutherland Shire for raising the most but also extend that thanks equally to all the registered Associations for their fundraising efforts in 2016.”

For more informational about The Kid’s Cancer Project please visit their website.