BCNA is proud to partner with Brisbane AFL players and brothers Jarrod and Tom Berry in their role as Pink Sports Day Ambassadors.
Football star Jarrod recently played his seventy-fourth game with Brisbane Lions while younger brother Tom was drafted to the club in 2019.
The Berry brothers have been supporters of BCNA since 2018 when they organised a head shave to raise money for the organisation. Held five years after their mother Jedda’s death from breast cancer, the event raised over $50,000.
Jarrod and Tom’s mother was a huge support to the boys in their junior football careers as she fulfilled the role of both taxi driver and number one supporter. She even used to write match reports for them after their games! Jarrod attributes the powerful influence of his late mother to his success.
‘I learnt plenty of lessons off her in terms of resilience and not giving up in any battles. It’s probably been the biggest factor in everything I’ve done.’
Pink Sports Days are about bringing people together to play sport, raise money for BCNA and support those affected by breast cancer, something that is close to Jarrod’s heart. After his mother’s death, he realised how lucky he was to have the support of people around him.
'We had people giving us food and looking after my brothers and dad when mum was in the hospital. It was a massive community effort and helped me to make peace with Mum’s life and what she left as her legacy.’
Although sport is something that takes up most of the Berry brothers’ time, for Jarrod, supporting BCNA is something that is also important to him.
‘Mum was a pretty inspirational person and leader, despite not trying to be. The actions I take are always in memory of her and everything I do is in honour of her — that’s how I like to hold myself in life.’