Page 2855 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

TNA Turns Pink charity event

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (6.24): I rise today to talk to members about the Tuggeranong Netball Association’s recent TNA Turns Pink charity event that I attended along with my colleagues Alistair Coe, Mark Parton, Elizabeth Lee and Elizabeth Kikkert. I am pretty sure I saw Mr Gentleman down there as well and Mr Pettersson also attended and played. I would also like to thank other staff members from the Assembly, colleagues and some family members who helped to make up our team.

This year TNA hosted a marathon netball game to support two local charities. It was also a Guinness world record attempt to bring together as many netball players on the one field as possible in continuous play. It did get about 1,000 players, just short of the Guinness world record, but, more importantly, the event raised just over $20,000 for two local charities: Bosom Buddies, who support women affected by breast cancer; and Red Nose, previously known as SIDS and Kids ACT, a charity helping find a cure for sudden infant death syndrome.

When I was first invited to this event I was pretty excited to attend. Firstly, to have a bit of practice and playing some netball; I know there is a bit of skill involved—none of which I have—but from going along often to watch my granddaughters and hundreds of others each Saturday morning during the netball season at the Calwell netball courts. Secondly, the opportunity to play netball with family and friends and colleagues while also supporting two great causes was a good part of why I chose to play. And, finally, it promised to be a very fun community event.

Team members and I attended a few training sessions prior to the game. We were met by David Sibley, one of the organisers of the event, and a number of senior TNA netballers also took time out of their day to help us train. They dedicated their time to ensuring everything ran smoothly. They were passionate and dedicated to supporting the charities.

On the day there was fantastic food and drink. There were raffles, a banner competition, photo booths, crazy hair, special outfits, lots of fun and, most importantly, the fundraising for those charities. I would like to thank the committee of the Tuggeranong Netball Association, colleagues, friends and family who played, all the netballers and non-netballers, and families and friends of TNA who came out on what was a bit of a brisk Saturday, especially early in the morning, to support these two charities.

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