Pink Day For BK raises over $11,000 for HBCF

The Newcastle Jets are pleased to announce that the recent Pink Day For BK raised $11,097 for Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets are pleased to announce that the recent Pink Day For BK raised $11,097 for Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Pink Day For BK took place at the Jets- Round 22 clash with Melbourne Heart and was the culmination of a week of fundraising and promotional activities to assist Jets goalkeeper Ben Kennedy in his efforts to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

Ben's mother Karen, is currently receiving treatment for a breast cancer recurrence, giving the Jets' shot-stopper a first hand understanding of the very real impact this disease has on so many families in the community and how important detection, treatment, support and awareness of this disease is.

Kennedy said he was overwhelmed by the support Pink Day For BK received.

“The response was unbelievable and it means a lot to my family to have that type of support,” Kennedy said.

“I-m very grateful to everyone who played their part in making Pink Day For BK a success.

“A special thanks to the Newcastle Jets, Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation, and especially all of our Members who got behind the fundraising events and donated to a great cause.”

Earlier in the week, Members of the Newcastle Jets playing squad and coaching staff shaved their heads to kick-start the fundraising efforts.

Kennedy himself has adopted a new look as he parted with his infamous long locks in support of his mother, while Jets midfielder Josh Brillante is clean shaven for the first time in over 12 months as Kennedy's teammates also rallied behind the cause.

Donations were also collected at the Jets- clash with Melbourne Heart last Saturday and Jets Members could also donate online.

The Jets produced a specially designed pink t-shirt to raise funds for HBCF with $5 from the sale of each t-shirt donated to HBCF.

Kennedy-s player sponsor Newcastle Golf Club also got on board with the week of fundraising, with their contribution taking the total raised past $11,000.