Call To Arms - Give cancer the boot

Tuesday 2 June, 2009

Australian sportsmen are joining Call To Arms to help tackle their toughest opponent yet - cancer.

Players are encouraged to wear a yellow armband at one of their games in July to help raise awareness and funds for cancer, a disease that effects 1 in 2 men by the age of 85.

Kicking off Call To Arms this year is the 4th annual Clash For Cancer AFL match between founding partner Essendon Football Club and the Melbourne Football Club, Friday 19 June at Etihad Stadium.

Both teams will wear a special guernsey, with a yellow band, as a show of honour and respect for all men who have survived cancer, those currently facing the cancer fight and to remember mates who have lost their lives to cancer.

The Essendon and Melbourne football teams are urging all sporting clubs to join Call To Arms now as it’s a great way for men to support the cancer fight and help save the lives of men facing cancer across Australia.

“Every day 171 men in Australia are diagnosed with cancer. The reality is, it could be your father, your brother, your husband, your son or your best mate,” says Cancer Council spokesperson Deb Stringer.

“So register your sporting club now - it’s open to all ages, from junior leagues up to professional clubs, and all codes, from AFL, rugby and soccer through to hockey and water polo.”

Clubs are encouraged to run fundraising activities on the day or throughout the month and donate to Cancer Council. All funds raised through Call To Arms go towards helping to prevent cancers in men, finding new treatments and funding support programs for men in need.

Other professional sporting clubs taking part in Call To Arms this year include the Adelaide Crows, West Tigers, Adelaide United Football Club, Melbourne Vixens and Socceroos star, Tim Cahill.

For more information and to register, visit calltoarms.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.