This September, the NSW netball community of players, umpires, coaches, support crews and fans will unite as Team Crazy for Crazy Hair & Sock Day to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The Netball NSW Crazy Hair & Sock Day is Saturday 12 September, but Netball Associations can choose any date in their fixtures calendar and then register here.
It’s the tenth annual Crazy Hair & Sock Day, a fundraiser that encourages the netball community in every corner of New South Wales to dress up with fun hair and silly socks and make a cash donation to The Kids’ Cancer Project.
For the past decade, Crazy Hair & Sock Day has been an important fundraising event for The Kids’ Cancer Project, raising vital funds for life-saving research to help children diagnosed with cancer.
The generous netball community has raised more than $300,000 to date which has gone toward finding cures for many types of childhood cancer. And they’re not giving up now!
The Kids’ Cancer Project is an independent national charity supporting childhood cancer research. Since 1993, the charity has committed tens of millions of dollars to innovative research projects to find better treatments and ultimately cures for children’s cancers.
Owen Finegan, Australian Wallaby legend and now CEO of The Kids’ Cancer Project is delighted by the commitment of the NSW netball community to the cause.
“COVID-19 may have stalled the netball season’s start, but it certainly didn’t put a stop to children being diagnosed with cancer,” said Mr Finegan. “That’s why this year we’re even more grateful for our enduring partnership with Netball NSW.”
“Many people aren’t aware that the causes of childhood cancer are unknown, that there is no prevention and that scientific research is the only way we can improve treatments and ultimately survival for the 950 Australian kids diagnosed every year,” he said.
Darren Simpson, Executive General Manager of Community and Pathways at Netball NSW, said “We are delighted to see Crazy Hair & Sock Day return in 2020.”
“The Kids’ Cancer Project do amazing work, supporting childhood cancer research. Their association with Netball NSW and the NSW Swifts has been a mainstay of the game over the past 10 years and their fundraising initiative is popular at clubs all over the state,” he said.
“Crazy Hair & Sock Day is a fun, safe and colourful way to for the netball community to help fight a disease that unfortunately affects too many and I encourage all of our clubs and Associations to take part,” said Mr Simpson.
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Every donation large and small adds up, and anyone can make a difference. Donations will be collected at the courts all around the state as part of individual Associations’ fundraising efforts.