Mill Park Soccer Club has become the first club in Whittlesea City Council to join The Council Victoria's 2008 Call To Arms event to help tackle local men's toughest opponent - cancer.
"Within Whittlesea City Council around 210 local men are diagnosed each year," the Cancer Council's Call To Arms Program Manager, Irene Manitta, said. "It's fantastic to see Mill Park Soccer Club taking action to fight back against cancer through Call To Arms - we urge other local clubs to do the same."
Sporting clubs within Whittlesea City Council that register for Call To Arms will join forces with amateur and professional sportsmen throughout Australia in wearing yellow armbands during a match to raise funds and awareness to help fight cancer in men. With all sporting codes invited to participate, some of the event's highest-profile supporters include Essendon Football Club (co-founder of Call To Arms), the Adelaide Crows, Brisbane Lions, Wests Tigers, Gold Coast Titans and Adelaide United.
"With cancer being a leading cause of death in this country, fighting this disease really should be at the top of every man's agenda," Ms Manitta said.
"By funding the Cancer Council's cancer research, education and support programs, every man that joins in Call To Arms could help to save a life," Ms Manitta said. "And with 12,500 Victorian men facing a diagnosis every day, the man that benefits from your participation may well be your best mate."
Joining Call To Arms is easy. Clubs simply register to receive their Call To Arms Kit, then ask players to wear a yellow armband on a nominated match day and make a donation to raise funds. Clubs are also encouraged to undertake other fundraising efforts in support of the campaign, with all funds raised helping prevent, detect and treat cancers in men, as well as supporting men in great need.
Victorian clubs can select any date in July to host their Call To Arms match. For more information or to register your club today, call 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.calltoarms.com.au.
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