Thursday, July 25, 2024

SLC: Dambulla Sixers Go Pink on July 14, 2024 – A Cricket Match for Cancer Awareness and Hope

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Photo Credit: Sri Lanka Cricket

The Dambulla Sixers are proud to announce a historic initiative in Sri Lanka’s Lanka Premier League (LPL), with the strong support and endorsement of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). On July 14, 2024, at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, our players will don pink jerseys with a pink ribbon, promoting breast cancer awareness and encouraging self-breast examinations. This initiative, inspired by successful campaigns in other cricketing nations, aims to make a significant impact on cancer awareness in Sri Lanka.

“This is an excellent initiative, and Sri Lanka Cricket will join with the Dambulla Sixers in launching several initiatives to make this a successful effort, as corporate responsibility acts of this nature have been a key part of the LPL since commencement,” said Mr. Samantha Dodanwela, Tournament Director, Lanka Premier League.

In Sri Lanka, breast cancer is the most common cancer, with 15 women diagnosed every day and two succumbing to the disease. By wearing pink, we aim to raise awareness and promote early detection through regular self-breast examinations. This message is not just for women but also for men to support and encourage the women in their lives to perform these self-checks and seek medical advice immediately upon noticing any abnormalities. Early detection of breast cancer significantly increases the chances of successful treatment, making this awareness campaign crucial.

We are also excited to welcome 30 children from Suwa Arana – A Place for Healing, on this day to highlight the childhood cancer aspect in the country. Suwa Arana, the largest project under the Indira Cancer Trust, is dedicated to providing care and support for children battling cancer. The mission of Indira Cancer Trust is to offer a safe haven and comprehensive care for anyone with cancer and their family members, giving them hope and a brighter future.

Suwa Arana – A Place for Healing provides free accommodation for children and their families who need to come to Colombo for treatment at the only pediatric oncology unit at Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama. These children stay close to the hospital to attend regular clinics between treatment sessions, enjoying comfortable accommodation and nutritious meals at no cost.

To show support, the Dambulla Sixers players will be wearing special pink T-shirts with the breast cancer ribbon and the TLC (Touch: Look: Check) logo, as well as the Indira Cancer Trust and Suwa Arana logos. We are also happy to announce that you too can show your support by wearing this T-shirt on the day. These pink T-shirts will be available for purchase at the grounds.

Similar initiatives in other countries have had a tremendous impact. In Australia, the “Pink Test” held at the Sydney Cricket Ground by the McGrath Foundation is a testament to the power of sport in raising awareness. In Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have turned stadiums pink, with players, officials, and fans wearing pink to promote breast cancer awareness. Inspired by these successful models, we hope to replicate this success in Sri Lanka and make a meaningful contribution to cancer awareness and support.

We encourage other cricketing teams and sporting organizations to join us in this campaign and use their own platforms to convey this crucial message. Stay tuned to our social media channels for touching moments from the day and to learn how you can join this initiative by purchasing a T-shirt.

Join us in this important cause and let’s make a difference together!


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