Cape Town - The Proteas maintained their
winning streak at the recent One Day International Pink Day on
Saturday, February 4, 2017, when they defeated Sri Lanka and entertained a
full-house of pinked-out cricket fans at the Wanderers.
The fund-raising efforts were again a success
with over half a million raised for breast cancer awareness organisation
PinkDrive. The final amount raised was R600 000.
Although none of the target areas for the
Proteas to land balls into the inflated Momentum ‘M’ and onto Castle Corner’s
roof, landed their mark, Momentum and Castle nevertheless each donated R100 000
The Proteas performance of boundaries, wickets and catches
scored R32 000 and R16 600 from Bidvest and Standard Bank respectively, with
Standard Bank donating a further R55 000 to the PinkDrive. Proteas
technical partners, New Balance, contributed R12 000 through sales of the Pink
Replica ODI jersey.
Adding to the hype of the Pink ODI, the Deputy
Minister of Social Development, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, respected South
African soccer player Benni McCarthy and radio personalities Sam Cowen and
Janina Oberholzer were among the Pink Day ambassadors who attended the game
dressed in distinctive chequered suits. They are the pioneering
ambassadors of Momentum’s Pink Suits Campaign, which makes a connection between
sport and fashion to further highlight the need for breast cancer awareness.
organisation PinkDrive is entirely focused on providing cancer education and
early diagnostic support to women and men across South Africa. The money
raised will contribute
towards their education programmes and upkeep of their three mobile mammography
and gynaecological units, an educational unit and five educational vehicles. PinkDrive has been involved with the Momentum ODI
Pink Day since 2013 and close to R3 million has now been raised for the breast
cancer awareness community.
of Pink Day 2017, Noelene Kotschan, chief executive officer and founder of PinkDrive
yet again stands amazed at the power of collaboration. I would like to
sincerely thank CSA, GCB, Bidvest, Momentum, Standard Bank, Castle Lager, New
Balance and all other partners involved, for the platform afforded to not only
raise the much needed funds, but equally as important helping PinkDrive spread
our message that “Early Detection Saves Lives”. We salute the PINK
Proteas who once again did South Africa proud! To every single supporter, thank
you” said Noelene.