Today marks the start of a positive new partnership between Netball Victoria and Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), celebrated with an official launch event at Parliament House, Victoria.
State politicians put work aside and came together to hear news of the partnership between Victoria’s governing body for the sport of netball and the charitable organisation.
Netball Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Rosie King made the partnership announcement and was joined by BCNA Chief Executive Officer, Christine Nolan.
“We are really pleased to officially announce our terrific new partnership with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). It was wonderful to make the announcement in Parliament House, surrounded by members of our netball community and organisation, BCNA staff and supporters, politicians and members of the public,” said King.
“I am really proud of this new partnership and look forward to doing what we can as an organisation to further promote the magnificent – and incredibly important – work of BCNA.
As a start, I am pleased to say, next season you will see the ‘Pink Lady’ logo on the Melbourne Vixens dress,” said King.
The addition of the Pink Lady logo on the Vixens dress is a significant step for the club, and quite unique, with most ‘retail’ on team uniforms across professional sports generally held for paying sponsors.
“We see the inclusion of the Pink Lady on the uniform at no cost as a symbol of our total commitment to doing all we can to raise awareness for BCNA’s cause and the amazing work they do,” said King.
Christine Nolan said her organisation, which works to ensure a better journey for all Australians affected by breast cancer, shares Netball Victoria’s enthusiasm and excitement about the new partnership.
“This year 48 women will find out they have breast cancer every day in Australia – so most people know someone who has been affected. Australians love their sport and there is no doubt sport is an excellent platform for raising awareness of important causes – for BCNA it’s about raising awareness of how breast cancer impacts women, men and their families, and letting people know there is support available at that point when they are diagnosed,” Christine said.
“It’s wonderful that Netball Victoria is helping us raise awareness of BCNA’s support services so that women, men and their families know they are not alone when they are faced with a breast cancer diagnosis,” she said.
The launch event also provided the opportunity for members of both sides of government to engage with the community and hear details of the great work Netball Victoria is doing right across the state for the sport, from a grassroots to elite level.