Footy crowd encouraged to turn pink

Ellen Smith, Hawthorn Mascot and Kellie Green will be part of the Cancer Council pink guard of honour at Sunday’s AFL game.   Picture: MARK JESSER

Ellen Smith, Hawthorn Mascot and Kellie Green will be part of the Cancer Council pink guard of honour at Sunday’s AFL game. Picture: MARK JESSER

A PINK guard of honour will be formed by 100 people at the football match between the Hawthorn Hawks and Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

The Cancer Council Pink Guard of Honour will recognise Tasmanians who have had personal experiences with cancer.

Attendees at the Aurora Stadium game are also encouraged to don a pink scarf, hat, jumper or some other pinkish item to show their own support against this ever-present disease.

Ellen Smith, who overcame cancer four years ago, will help to form the guard.

‘‘You can’t ever say that we have reached an acceptable level of awareness,’’ Mrs Smith said.

‘‘We need to keep reaching out to the community so that everyone can build awareness about their personal health, and cancer prevention.’’

Hawthorn Tasmanian operations manager Shayne Stevenson said everyone in the crowd should wear a splash of pink.

‘‘There are so many Tasmanian lives that have been touched by cancer and this guard of honour remembers those people,’’ he said.

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