Pink Sari Inc. prepare to attend the Domain Sydney Pink Test

Indian breast cancer awareness group to help spread an important message on Jane McGrath Day

Grass roots breast cancer awareness group Pink Sari Inc. are preparing to attend Jane McGrath Day at the Domain Pink Test in Sydney next month (Australia vs India 5 January 2019) to drive an important message for Indian communities in Australia, whilst helping to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.

Pink Sari Inc., President, Shantha  Viswanathan, said “Our goal as a group is to continually improve the breast screen rates of Indian and Sri Lankan women throughout New South Wales as rates in these communities have traditionally been much lower than average. Our awareness raising initiatives have seen the screening rates exceed the original target by at least a seventeen per cent increase.

“By attending Jane McGrath Day our mission is to unite with the McGrath Foundation around the importance of early detection and regular breast screening in these communities, whilst supporting the McGrath Foundation’s objective to help the thousands of people experiencing breast cancer every year. “

The Pink Test has become the largest sporting fundraising initiative in Australia where the cricket community, both on and off the field, wear pink as a symbolic show of support for those experiencing breast cancer and raise much needed funds for the McGrath Foundation.

“The event will see a flood of Indian supporters from Pink Sari Inc. all dressed in pink and performing some vibrant Indian dances. Supporters are invited to join the Bollywood dance, contributing to the incredible display of colour,” continues Ms Viswanathan.

McGrath Foundation CEO Holly Masters says, “Around 18,000 women and 150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Australia so one of our core priorities is to raise awareness about breast health understanding including the importance of regular monthly breast checks.

“We’re proud to work together with Pink Sari Inc. to help spread this important message in Indian and Sri Lankan communities. It’s set to be a magical Pink Test this year as Australian and Indian cultures meet. The  incredible party atmosphere will be sure to make it the best place to watch some of the world’s greatest cricket in action and with your support we’ll be aiming high so we can support all those experiencing breast cancer,” Masters continued.

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 About the McGrath Foundation

Ours is a story with simple ”“ but well-known ”“ beginnings. It started with Jane and Glenn McGrath’s very public experience with breast cancer, and has become one of Australia’s most recognised and respected charities, the McGrath Foundation.

Some years after her initial diagnosis, Jane’s cancer returned. This time, she had a breast care nurse, who both empowered and comforted her, and the entire family. This experience set the mission for the Foundation, which has become an enduring commitment to support thousands of women and men every day, no matter where they live ”“ for free.

We raise funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities’ right across Australia, as well as making breast health understanding a priority.

While more than 67,000 families have been supported by 120 McGrath Breast Care Nurses, there’s still lots more to do to reach every family going through breast cancer. We rely on the heartfelt support we receive from all over Australia ”“ including individuals, communities, corporate partners and government. They help by donating, hosting or attending events, or purchasing McGrath Foundation products, which helps us continue Jane’s legacy and achieve our mission. Together, we can make a difference.

About McGrath Breast Care Nurses

Free of charge, McGrath Breast Care Nurses help individuals and their families experiencing breast cancer by providing physical, psychological and emotional support from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment and access to this service is available through self-referral.

In a practical sense, McGrath Breast Care Nurses can coordinate medical care and attend appointments with people diagnosed with breast cancer to ensure they can answer questions and reiterate treatment options at what can be an overwhelming time.

To make a donation to the McGrath Foundation, please visit

About Pink Sari Inc

Pink Sari Inc. is a community-led initiative which aims to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the South Asian community in  NSW.  The award winning Pink Sari project was initially a community initiative led by the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service  that aimed to  increase awareness of the low mammogram rates among Indian and Sri Lankan women in NSW.

The project was formally handed over to Pink Sari Inc. in October 2016. Pink Sari is backed by a team of dedicated and passionate female volunteers who represent the diverse language and cultural groups within the Indian sub-continent community.

While Pink Sari will continue to focus on early detection and increasing mammogram rates, we are broadening our work to include Bowel Cancer screening and aiming to address other issues relating to the health and wellbeing of South Asians. The success of Pink Sari’s work is due to the consistent efforts of individuals and communities from all sectors coming together.

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