Gloucester Cockies raise more than $12,500 for breast cancer support group

Much needed funds: The Cockies donated $12,655 to the Gloucester breast cancer support group. Photo: supplied.
Much needed funds: The Cockies donated $12,655 to the Gloucester breast cancer support group. Photo: supplied.

A heavy loss on the field didn't matter at the end of the day for the Gloucester Cockies women's 10s side.

Despite a 41-0 defeat to Wauchope at home on September 5, the Cockies raised much needed funds for the Gloucester Breast Cancer Support Group. The fundraiser took place on Ladies Day, with the women's side wearing specialised pink jerseys for their match.

The jerseys were auctioned off after the game and combined with money raised in a raffle, the club donated $12,655.

Gloucester president Jamie Searle said the breast cancer group was ecstatic with the donation, which was accepted at last Saturday's game against Wallamba.

"It was a really good result, it was better than my expectations," Jamie said.

"We had perfect weather for what turned out to be a really fun day."

Jamie wanted to ensure the funds stayed in the Gloucester valley.

"It's extremely important to me that all money that's raised locally stays local," Jamie said.

"That's important for all small communities in NSW, especially at this time (COVID-19)."

Given the financial impacts of the pandemic, Jamie was unsure how successful the fundraiser would be in the lead-up.

Jamie is thrilled with the growing support of the club and its ability to assist local charities.

"It's pleasing the club can help these community groups," he said.

The club intends to do the fundraiser each year and vastly improve the figure. More than $20,000 would be an incredible result.

"I'd like to see the one turn into a two," Searle said.

In previous years, the club raised money for White Ribbon.

Despite the touch up from Wauchope and a 47-15 loss to Wallamba on Saturday, the women's side hasn't lost focus on reclaiming the premiership.

"We're not out of it yet," Jamie assured.

The side will face Manning River Ratz in the minor semi-final. Kick-off is at 10.45am at Taree Rugby Park.

From an administration standpoint, Jamie said the Cockies are going from strength to strength.

"It's all still a work in progress," Jamie added.