Bright Football Club has become the first club in the Alpine Shire to join Call to Arms in support of the 40 local men diagnosed with cancer each year. Call to Arms is a new fundraising event developed by The Cancer Council Victoria and Essendon Football Club to raise funds for men's cancers.
Event organisers are now urging other football clubs in the area to join in this important event.
"One in three men will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes - that's the equivalent of seven players from every footy team," Cancer Council spokesperson Deb Stringer said. "Call to Arms is a great way for local men to band together to make a tangible difference in the fight against cancer."
Football clubs from across Victoria will wear yellow armbands and make a donation to the Cancer Council during their games on the Call to Arms weekend, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June. All funds raised will support vital cancer research, education programs, and support services for men facing cancer.
Essendon Football Club's James Hird says he supports Call to Arms because fundraising is vital in helping tackle cancer.
"We all know someone that's faced cancer, and I wanted to do something which I knew would make a difference," Mr Hird said. "It was fantastic to hear that Bright Football Club has signed up for the event, and I encourage other local clubs to do the same."
Ms Stringer says that some of the activities that will receive funding through Call to Arms are education programs that can help men reduce their cancer risk.
"Simple lifestyle choices can make a significant impact on cancer risk. By leading an active lifestyle, footballers are already taking great steps toward reducing their cancer risk," Ms Stringer said.
"Through the education programs we fund via events like Call to Arms, we're encouraging footballers to also consider what they do after the match," Ms Stringer said. "Reducing your alcohol intake, not smoking, being SunSmart and eating according to your energy needs can reduce your risk of developing cancer. We also encourage men to be aware of what's normal for their own bodies and not to put off visiting their GP if they notice unusual changes."
Men with questions about cancer can call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
For more information about Call to Arms or to register your club, visit www.calltoarms.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.
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