REDLANDS Rays Baseball Club raised $3586 during a highly successful cancer fundraising round held over four days to benefit the Love Your Sister foundation.
Queensland Umpires Association members officiating at the games wore pink shirts in support of breast cancer and donated all their fees across the four days to the total of $450.
The balance was raised from the combination of the sale of ribbons, canteen and bar sales, raffles, donations and the cancer memorial wall which gave supporters the opportunity to purchase a ribbon to support their family's cancer fighters and survivors or in memory of a family member who lost their battle with cancer.
Each of the Rays sixteen teams chose a colour in awareness of a different cancer which they wore during their games across the weekend.
Parents and families also supported the cause by wearing the colour relevant to their child's teams.
The first commemorative pitch to officially mark the start of the division one game against Coomera Cubs was thrown by Baseball Queensland chief executive Paul Gonzales.
This was preceded by the announcement of both teams' starting lineups during which Rays' sixteen T-Ballers stole the show when they ran on with their division one buddy and was followed by the national anthem ceremony during which division two team member Seaman Corey Roulent carried the flag.
Redlands MP Kim Richards threw Saturday's commemorative pitch for the first little league game on diamond one and, accompanied by Cr Lance Hewlett, spent several hours at the club watching junior games across all diamonds.
First pitches for subsequent games across the weekend were thrown by club members who are current cancer fighters and survivors.
"I'm so very proud of our club members for coming together to benefit the Love Your Sister foundation and general cancer awareness," club president James Williams said.
"The whole weekend was a great success which was made possible by the tireless efforts of our volunteers and by some very generous Redlands businesses who donated the items for our raffles.
"We hope to continue our charity round next season and build upon our success."
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