The New South Wales netball community continues to be incredibly generous in their support of The Kids’ Cancer Project, with this year’s Crazy Hair & Sock Day raising more than $45,000 towards research into childhood cancers.
The Kids’ Cancer Project is a national charity that fundraises to support childhood cancer research. Australia has one of the highest incidences of childhood cancer in the world, with one in 500 kids developing cancer before the age of 15 each year.
Since joining Netball NSW and the NSW Swifts in 2008 as our Official Charity Partner, more than $150,000 has been donated by the netball community which has in turn been invested into research to find a cure for childhood cancer.
In its sixth year, a record 41 Associations across the State registered to host their own Crazy Hair & Sock Day, with a sea of colourful photos flooding The Kids’ Cancer Project’s Facebook page proving that a little ‘craziness’ can help the community come together and raise awareness for an important issue affecting too many Aussie kids.
Eleven of those Associations who signed up in 2015 held their inaugural Crazy Hair & Sock Day, with all registered Associations going into the draw to win a signed 2015 NSW Swifts Playing Dress.
Congratulations to Blue Mountains Netball Association who were this year’s winners, with The Kids’ Cancer Project making the presentation last Saturday 22 August at their local courts.
“As the founder of The Kids’ Cancer Project I made a promise to all the parents who have lost a child that we won’t give up until we find a cure. I sincerely thank all associations, their clubs, players and supporters who took part in a crazy hair & sock day this season,” The Kids’ Cancer Project Founder and Director Col Reynolds said.
“Together as a Netball community you have raised an incredible $45,000 – progressing important research into kid’s cancer and bring us closer to the day where we have a cure for this terrible disease.”
A special mention to Sutherland Shire Netball Association who this year were the highest fundraisers during the Crazy Hair & Sock Day campaign. Sutherland received a special plaque from The Kids’ Cancer Project also over the weekend, a small token of the Charity’s appreciation towards their hardworking efforts.
“On behalf of Netball NSW we are extremely thankful to all our members for their efforts during this year’s Crazy Hair & Sock Days,” General Manager – Commercial & Communications Tristan Prosser-Shaw stated.
“The Kids’ Cancer Project does 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 each season.
“Congratulations to both Blue Mountains and Sutherland Shire Netball Associations, and to all 41 registered Associations for their fundraising efforts in 2015,” Prosser-Shaw concluded.
The Kids’ Cancer Project is also looking at ways it can improve the Crazy Hair & Sock Day campaign and is inviting all 2015 participating Associations, or those who have participated in previous years, to provide their feedback. CLICK HERE to share your thoughts to help The Kids’ Cancer Project improve the event for 2016 and beyond.