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Sydney tickled pink for McGrath charity

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Sydney's cricket fans haven't wasted time being tickled pink, throwing their support behind the McGrath Foundation two days ahead of schedule.

The third day of the annual Pink Test at the SCG is traditionally reserved for the charity, however almost a quarter of the near 30,000 crowd donned pink on day one against Pakistan.

There was no shortage of pink flowing through the hallowed venue at Moore Park, with patrons kitted out in colourful scarves, shirts, bandanas and hats.

Players and umpires' uniforms, advertising boards, food and beverages were also illuminated in the Foundation's trademark shade.

Even cricket suppliers Kookaburra took the unprecedented step of dropping its iconic emblem and printing the new McGrath Foundation logo on its game balls.

More importantly, the Foundation is well on its way to hitting its goal of raising the $390,000 required to place a fulltime McGrath Breast Care nurse for three years.

Almost $50,000 had already been donated close to stumps on Tuesday.

It follows the announcement made by former Test star Glenn McGrath that the Foundation had also raised enough funding to add to its group of nurses across the country.

"We have 110 McGrath breast care nurses across this country. They support 50,000 families going through breast cancer," McGrath said.

"The news today is we have now have funding to provide an extra seven nurses this year."

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