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Game On for Breast Cancer, Jets goalie Izzy Nino joins pink fundraiser

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Lawn mowing, housecleaning, wigs, a driver – they’re just a few of the items considered “luxury” when you’re going through a breast cancer battle. 

They’re also just a small number of ways Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation (HBCF) helps more than 250 families in our region who are living with a breast cancer diagnosis. 

Pink socks are another. 

Game On for Breast Cancer pink socks – get your pair now.

From now until 31 May, teams across the Hunter will be wearing HBCF pink socks during a sporting round to help raise much-needed funds for the Newcastle-based charity. 

AFL, basketball, hockey, rugby, football and netball are just a few of the sports that will be taking part in this year’s Game On for Breast Cancer campaign. 

The socks cost $15 a pair, with every cent going directly to support HBCF’s mission of providing crucial services to local families undergoing breast cancer treatment. 

As part of the campaign, individuals and teams from any sporting clubs are encouraged to order pink Game On socks via the HBCF website… and organise fundraising events within their communities.

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West Wallsend Football Club are getting their ‘Game On for Breast Cancer’ in 2024.

From barbecues to trivia nights, every initiative counts in supporting breast cancer patients and their families.  

Now in its 10th year, the annual fundraiser that was once known as Boot Out Shoot Out is gaining huge support from professional players, too. 

Newcastle Jets A-League Women’s (ALW) goalie Izzy Nino says she’s proud to get behind the cause. 

The US-import, who moved from Michigan to Newcastle at the tail-end of 2023 to play for the new-look ALW squad, believes the foundation offers a unique way for the community to connect. 

“It’s a local group looking after locals, I think that’s powerful,” she says. 

“Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation supports more than 200 local families with over 2,500 services every year.

“It receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of the community, which makes campaigns like this one so important to get involved in. 

“I want to urge everyone to get involved in this campaign.

“Whether it’s purchasing socks, hosting a fundraiser or spreading awareness, your contribution can make a real difference.”

Nino’s parents have both worked in cancer-related fields in the US. 

“I think that’s why this speaks a lot to me,” she told the Newcastle Weekly.

“My parents have worked in lobbying governments in relation to cancer and helping to spread awareness… and I touched on it in my university studies. 

“Now that I’ve settled in Newcastle, I wanted to get involved in community outreach and this is something that I’m really passionate about.” 

Newcastle Jets goalkeeper Izzy Nino wearing Game On for Breast Cancer pink socks.

Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation fundraising, events and marketing coordinator Josh Lawlor says he’s grateful for the support. 

“We’re thrilled to have Izzy as an ambassador,” he said.  

“Our community fundraisers are the heartbeat of our efforts, and we rely on the dedication of ambassadors and community members to make a profound impact. 

“This fundraiser is our collective chance to ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone, and together with our community fundraisers, we can create a lasting positive change.” 

The funds, he says, have a direct impact on those living with a breast cancer diagnosis. 

“A donation of $25 covers the cost of a comfort cushion for someone in need. $110 will cover the cost of a two-hour home cleaning. $600 is a fortnightly lawn mow for clients during their active treatment, and $5,000 covers the cost of all transport to and from treatment for a whole month. 

“These are practical ways the Hunter community can help support Hunter families battling breast cancer.” 

Izzy Nino wearing the HBCF pink socks.

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