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Tickled pink by soccer support

Traralgon City Soccer Club members have achieved their goal of raising money for the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.

The club has raised $3000 by embracing the colour pink – in particular, wearing pink socks at home games.

Traralgon City Soccer Club Culture and Events officer Carolyn Johnston said the fundraiser came about after a group of parents noticed a boy wearing pink shorts at one of the soccer games to support his grandmother who had breast cancer.

After deciding to make the GCCC the beneficiary, the club raised money by selling pink socks and baked goods and taking part in face painting and hair colouring.

The novelty of wearing pink socks was so successful it spread to all of the club’s members and supporters who added pink headbands, skivvies, jumpers, hats, tutus, hair and even moustaches to their weekend soccer wardrobe.

Bringing the soccer community together in this fundraising effort provided a valuable connection for people of all ages and backgrounds so the club has decided to raise money each year for a charity in the community,” Carolyn said.

Latrobe Regional Hospital General Manager Sub-Acute Heidi Knott said the club’s campaign highlights the importance of the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.

 “The Traralgon City Soccer Club’s community spirit is shared by many individuals and groups and is greatly appreciated not just by LRH but our patients and their families,” Ms Knott said.