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50,000 footballers to tackle cancer

Friday 15 June, 2007

Footy fields across the state will be awash with yellow on the weekend of 23 and 24 June, following overwhelming support for The Cancer Council Victoria and Essendon Football Club's new fundraising event, Call to Arms.

"This is the first time we've held a fundraising event to raise funds specifically for men facing cancer and so far, support for the event has been outstanding," Cancer Council spokesperson Deb Stringer said.

The event, which calls on local football clubs to don yellow armbands during matches on the 23 and 24 June to raise funds, has already attracted more than 2,200 team registrations from clubs across the state.

"It's great to see such a fantastic show of support for the 13,000 Victorian men diagnosed with cancer every year," Ms Stringer said.

"With so many teams already registered for Call to Arms, there'll be at least three football players wearing a yellow armband for each man diagnosed with cancer this year," Ms Stringer said.

"Not only is Call to Arms a great way to rally around local men facing cancer, it's also a simple way to make a tangible difference to their cancer fight," she said.

Funds raised through Call to Arms will play a vital role in supporting lifesaving cancer research, important cancer education programs, and support services for men in times of great need.

"With so many men facing cancer every year, it's crucial that Victorian communities band together to address this key health issue," Ms Stringer said. "We're delighted that so many footballing communities have joined Call to Arms and urge other clubs to register today."

For more information about Call to Arms or to register your club today, visit or call 1300 65 65 85.

Full list of leagues that support Call to Arms 


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