Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Not even the predictions of continued torrential downpours around Gauteng this weekend could put a damper on the 2020 Imperial Wanderers Momentum ODI PinkDay. With the 2nd Momentum ODI in Durban coming to an abrupt halt due to rain on Friday night, South Africa’s Standard Bank Proteas went into the 3rd Momentum ODI one match in the lead, making PinkDay the decider of the series. The weather played ball for the game against the ICC Cricket World Cup Champions and ICC World Number 1 ranked team England who came out tops come Sunday evening.

The hosts South Africa raised funds for breast cancer awareness by wearing their limited-edition pink kit for the 9th consecutive year, with this being the first time that the opposition joined the initiative by sporting a similar pink attire. The gesture was well received by the capacity crowd at the BullRing, who were equally enthusiastic in adhering to the “Pitch up in Pink” dress code.

Despite the on-field loss, R1,3 million financial contribution pledges were raised for the event beneficiary, the Charlotte Maxeke Breast Care Clinic, for continued breast cancer research.

“The impact that this day has for breast cancer patients and their families who will benefit from the proceeds is quite literally life-changing,” said Central Gauteng Lions CEO, Jono Leaf-Wright. “It’s an incredibly proud moment as both a cricket fan and a South African, to witness the support from the teams and fans for a cause which affects so many. Absolutely fantastic to bear witness to the impact sport can have on societal challenges.”

“Cricket fans were treated to a near-seamless experience, including the pilot of in-stadium Uber Eats app enabling them to skip the queues and collect ordered food once ready,” says Central Gauteng Lions Marketing and Communications Head, Wanele Mngomezulu. “If the cricket wasn’t action enough, spectators were treated to a show-stopping performance by Sho Majozi who recently performed at the American Super Bowl LIV weekend alongside the Black Eyed Peas, Halsey and Diplo in Miami in the USA.

A huge thank you must be extended to everyone who supported the day: the teams; the sponsors; the SAPS, Miss South Africa Sasha-Lee Olivier, Saray Khumalo, Brian Baloyi, Lucas Radebe, DJ Fresh, Kagiso Rabada, Shekhina, the Soprano Biking Club who paraded 11 breast cancer patients and ushered them on to the field; the breast cancer survivors and celebrities who gave their time to be with us today and of course the fans who bring the ‘gees’ dressed in pink come rain or shine.”