In 2012 the Vodacom Bulls triumphed over a star-studded DHL Stormers team at a close to capacity Loftus Versfeld. The home team shocked South African rugby audiences as they boldly charged out in the first ever bright pink rugby jersey used by a South African team.
In 2016 a packed Loftus again played host to another #GetYourPinkOn clash, this time to a passionate and hungry Toyota Cheetahs side, that also fell short to the pink brigade. On both occasions the Vodacom Bulls dedicated those games and the traction that went with it to CANSA (The Cancer Association of South Africa), raising much needed funds and awareness for breast cancer.
On Sunday 30 October 2022, the Vodacom Bulls as part our 10th year anniversary celebrate with Puma, our technical sponsor will host the third edition of the #GetYourPinkOn campaign and this one promises to be bigger and better than the previous two. With the support and full backing of Vodacom as well as the official broadcaster SuperSport, we will stand united in the fight against breast cancer in supporting two amazing organization, CANSA and PinkDrive.
The opposition on the day will be the re-invigorated Cell C Sharks team, with a plethora of new signings who by then will be well settled into the Sharks group and looking to destroy anything in their path. Any fixture between these two giants is always a clash to remember, and the thought of a few individual player matchups coupled with the enormity of the event could very well make this the highlight clash on the Vodacom United Champions calendar, other than the semis and finals, of course.
It will be South African rugby’s biggest drive to support breast cancer awareness, with the entire Loftus Versfeld bathed in pink as the fans and players show that “United We Care” for each other. The Vodacom Bulls and the Cell C Sharks will literally carry this message on their backs. What will make this day even more special is that fans will have the opportunity to show their own support by uploading a photo of someone (or themselves) who has suffered from or is currently facing their own battle against breast cancer and it could feature on the back of the limited-edition match-day jerseys of both the Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks for the battle between the four lines.. Follow us on our social media pages on how to stand a chance to have your photo on the back of your favorite team.
Rugby aside, what’s the #GetYourPinkOn day all about? From turning Pretoria pink with fun and engaging social campaigns, to hosting breast cancer screening clinics within our communities in the weeks building up to the game, fans can expect the full might of the Vodacom Bulls behind this special cause.
The game kicks off at 15h00 on Sunday, a little different from what the Loftus faithful is used to, but a great time to plan a full day at fortress Loftus. The action will start at 10h00, with the launch of the Loftus Market on the D-field as part of the Castle beer garden. This will include a ton of food and craft stalls, together with live entertainment and our famous kids’ area from the morning all the way through to kick off.
So how much pink can you expect? A lot… well, let’s strive to make everything pink, and when we say everything, we mean everything… our players jerseys, and hopefully your jersey too, pink flags, pink pyro, pink drinks, pink hair, pink faces… and how about pink rugby poles (just need to get Morne, Chris and Goose to buy into that oneJ).
Director of Rugby at the BBCo, Jake White, is just as excited about the campaign as he is about the game, “There’s still a lot of rugby to be played before we face the Cell C Sharks at Loftus, but we all know that the players and fans will be eagerly anticipating this local derby, so the game will no doubt be a key fixture for both teams. I’m not one for too many side shows, but I truly appreciate the idea of being able to support a cause like breast cancer awareness. In saying this, I’d like to urge and invite all our loyal supporters and the public to join us as we strive to make a difference with this pink campaign.”
So, whether you’re a Vodacom Bulls fan, a Cell C Sharks fan, a avid rugby fan or just looking for a good day out – looks like Loftus Versfeld is the place to be on 30 October. Get your tickets, by visiting our website or go to Ticketpro.co.za and remember to #GetYourPinkOn in the craziest way possible no matter who you support, and you could stand a chance to win some equally crazy prizes.