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Glasshouse Annual Pink Stumps Day

With our annual Pink Stumps Day fast approaching, we recently had the absolute pleasure of spending some time with one of the most amazing ladies you will ever meet – Leigh Owen. Leigh has been with our club for 10 years and within that time has volunteered her time as: manager/scorer of the Division 1 Men’s senior team, club treasurer for 5 seasons, club secretary for one season, assisted regularly at fundraising events, canteen duties when required and supported countless working bees during this time.

In 2019 Leigh became part of our first ever Glasshouse Districts CC Women’s side that competed in the Sunshine Coast Women’s Competition and has been an integral member of our women’s squad ever since. No matter what Leigh is doing for our club she does it with a smile and always uplifts those around her.

What is a Pink Stumps Day why is it important? 

Pink Stumps Day is a way for cricket clubs & teams, schools, and workplaces to come together, turn their cricket game pink, have fun and fundraise for the McGrath Foundation – all while showing support for people in the community experiencing breast cancer (pinkstumpsday.com.au/about)

Recently we had the absolute pleasure of spending some time with one of the most amazing ladies you will ever meet – Leigh Owen. Leigh has been with our club for 10 years and within that time has volunteered her time as: manager/scorer of Division 1 Men’s senior team, club treasurer for 5 seasons, club secretary for one season, assisted regularly at fundraising events, canteen duties when required and supported countless working bees during this time. In 2019 Leigh became part of our first ever Glasshouse Districts CC Women’s side that competed in the Sunshine Coast Women’s Competition and has been an integral member of our women’s squad ever since. No matter what Leigh is doing for our club she does it with a smile and always uplifts those around her.

Can you share with us the significance of Glasshouse DCC support of Pink Stumps Day and what this means to you? 

In 2007 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mum had worked at Maleny state high school all my life. She was a dedicated, hardworking, and loyal teacher working very long hours every week for the betterment of her students. She was 59 years young!

After watching her suffer at the hands of this disease, I felt the least I could do is raise awareness for breast cancer and donate to help support those that make a difference – something I do every year! Lucky for me, Mum was able to fight this her breast cancer &15 years on is still with us, bearing the scares but living a happy and healthy life.

Combined with my Mum’s story Glasshouse Districts Cricket Club Committee put forward an idea to introduce a women’s team to the mix commencing the 2019 season. I had followed my husband and children around the grounds for 30 years and was excited by the idea. If I couldn’t play, I was going to be involved as much as I could. But now I was being presented with the opportunity to wear the whites!

And how much do I love playing cricket…..a lot! I am not the best, I can’t do most of it any good, but I love the team comradeship and I love being able to support other women.

What can we expect at this year’s Glasshouse Districts Cricket Club’s Pink Stumps day?

Tropical Pines, one of our Club Sponsors and McGrath Foundation partner, have provided wonderful support for us with great support this year and these guys will be a big part of our day. There will be plenty of ‘pink’ and lots of fun as our two Glasshouse Women’s teams battle it out for ultimate ‘bragging rights’ and title of the ‘best current women team’ at Glasshouse DCC in the most ‘local’ of ‘local derbies’!

How can the community of Glasshouse of Cricket Club and the wider community get involved?

All our members and their families, along with the wider community, are invited to come down to the club on Sunday the 13th February with the game starting at 9.45 am. Canteen & bar facilities will be open along with other activities to raise funds for this great cause. So get dressed in your best pink frock and come on down to see the great Rangers Spirit in action.

Finally what makes Glasshouse District Cricket Club such a great club to be involved with?

Being a committee member, it is important to me that we provide the best coaching and facilities to our members for the betterment of all.

This has been achieved in the last 10 years with additional shade structures purchased and installed, upgrading the net facilities for training, installation of a second artificial pitch for our junior team matches.

We have the best coaches, the best members, the best training facilities, best of all RANGERS PRIDE 

Thanks for all you do for this great club Leigh – you are a true champion!

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