Taree AFL Auskick's pink footy day a success

TAREE AFL Auskick Centre wrapped up its third season with a charity skills day in aid of Breast Cancer research.

Johnny Martin oval was a sea of pink as more than 50 children aged 5-12 showed the Manning Valley how they play the game.

"We were thrilled with the turn out and the colour on the day. Through donations, raffles, auction items and various activities the centre raised more than $2800 of funds for The Breast Cancer Network Australia," centre co-ordinator Julie McLaughlin said.

"A number of local businesses pledged support and the local media community did a wonderful job in helping us spread the message."

While the focus was on fund raising another significant event took place with the official opening of the first Australian Rules goal posts in the Manning Great Lakes in more than 12 years.

"This has been a three year project to raise a strong junior group of players that we hope will develop into an age group competition,'' Julie said.

"Now with actual goals at Johnny Martin Oval we have the infrastructure in place to go to the next step and push towards a local junior competition.''

Taree AFL Auskick Centre thanks all those who participated in the day and helped turned the Manning Great Lakes Pink.

For the players the next function is the end of year presentation on Sunday August August 17 at the Taree Tourism Centre, starting at 1pm.

To find out more information on Auskick and how to get involved head to the Facebook page or www.tareeauskick.sportingpulse.net or phone the centre on 6553 3345.