FAMILY AFFAIR: Adele, Shane, Rochelle and Gareth Collinson are all geared up for tomorrow’s Pink Day for cancer between Gol Gol and Bambill. Photo: PAUL MENSCH


IT will be a real family affair for the Collinson’s tomorrow at the Carramar Drive Sporting Complex as Millewa teams aim to raise money for three cancer services.

The men’s and women’s football teams from Gol Gol and Bambill will take the field wearing pink socks to raise money for Sunraysia Cancer Resources, the Breast Cancer Network Australia and the McGrath Foundation.

Breast cancer survivor Rochelle Collinson and her husband Shane are both trainers at Gol Gol, while son Gareth and daughter Adele both play for the respective sides.

The family has been heavily involved with the Hawks for a number of years, and are right behind the pink initiative.

“The girls football Mega Day last year was the first time that the two clubs wore pink for cancer,” Rochelle said.

“Donica Foster from Bambill rang me a few weeks ago and suggested that the teams do it again.”

Bambill will wear McGrath Foundation socks, while the pink socks that Gol Gol will be wearing will raise money for Sunraysia Cancer Resources.

Raffles on the day will raise money for Sunraysia Cancer Resources and donations can be made to Breast Cancer Network Australia.

“I am also involved in the Young Women’s Cancer Support Group,” Rochelle said.

“The girls are coming on the day to help sell raffle tickets.

“People can help out by buying tickets, and we will also have donation tins at the canteen and around the ground.”

Rochelle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and Sunraysia Cancer Resources helped her with organising flights and accommodation to go to Adelaide for surgery and radiation treatment.

“I was lucky enough to do chemo treatment here in Mildura with Dr Divi, and Louise James was my breast care nurse,” Rochelle said.

“That is why we want to help the McGrath Foundation as well. It is an awesome organisation that takes over worrying about the things that you don’t want to worry about while you are trying to get better.”

The pink event coincides with Gol Gol’s sponsors day, which will see its major sponsors Sunraysia Petroleum and Trentham Winery showing off their products.

“You might even be able to try a few wines after the game,” Rochelle said.

With her family and club behind her, Rochelle hopes that awareness for these organisations, as well as some money, can be raised.

Rochelle pointed out that a friend of hers put it best when she said, “You don’t survive cancer, you live with it.”