SHE was the brave young mother who inspired an entire football club to turn pink in Griffith each year for the past four.
Cema Toga, affectionately known as Mum Cema, passed away at the age of 37 last Friday at Griffith Base Hospital after a courageous five-year battle with breast cancer.
Mrs Toga was the loving wife of Willie and devoted mother of Makelesi, 20 and Nancy, 15.
On Saturday, the Griffith Black and Whites league tag side paid tribute to her by wearing pink and will continue to do so until the end of the season.
The team’s captain Shailyn Williams described Mrs Toga as their number one supporter, whose strength and determination had a huge impact on everyone who met her
“We’ve been doing the pink day for four years and Cema was our inspiration,” Ms Williams said. “She’s the reason we started doing it and why we will continue to do it.
“She was such a strong, loyal person, always happy and laughing.
“She never let any of us know just how much pain she was in.
“Cema was a beautiful person. She never had a bad word to say about anyone.
“She was always at our games if she was well enough. She will be missed by everyone.”
Daughter Makelesi paid tribute to a special woman with a heart of gold.
“Her family was everything to her,” she said. “She made sure that we knew who our family was and about our Fijian culture.
“She was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago and the first year she was still playing league tag even while she was undergoing treatment.
“Mum wasn’t just our mum – she was a mother figure to everyone.
“She always made people feel welcome in her home.
“The pink game is something we will hold dear to our hearts. It’s a beautiful way for us to remember a beautiful woman.”
Family and friends will farewell Mrs Toga tomorrow at 11am when a graveside funeral is held in Griffith.
Mourners will don the colour pink and the Griffith Black and Whites will form a guard of honour.