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Victory Against Cancer charity match kicking goals for cancer research

Wednesday 6 February, 2019

Football fans and cancer fundraisers will take to the AAMI Park pitch on Sunday 10 February for the annual charity match, Victory Against Cancer, to raise funds for Cancer Council Victoria’s work in cancer research.

Proudly supported by Melbourne Victory Football Club, the exhibition match will be played between a team of All Stars (past and present players and celebrities) and a team of Victory Fans. The curtain-raiser match will be held at AAMI Park before the blockbuster Hyundai A-League clash between Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory.

The All Stars, featuring Archie Thompson, Brendan Fevola, Steve Moneghetti and Rob Mills, will be pulling on their boots in the name of a good cause, to support the more than 34,500 Victorians diagnosed with cancer each year. The match will also promote the importance of physical activity in preventing cancer.

Following a 5-3 loss in 2018, the ‘Victory Fans’ team are keen to even the ledger, made up of 10 players who won their spot as a reward for their outstanding fundraising efforts for Cancer Council Victoria.

Bray Hodgkinson, a Melbourne Victory fan who has taken part in Victory Against Cancer since 2016 said the match is something he looks forward to each year.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be fundraising through Victory Against Cancer again this year. It provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to play a game of football at AAMI park and rally some support for cancer research and awareness at the same time.

Being a part of Victory Against Cancer has been an amazing experience. It’s a great cause that people really get behind”

Last year, Victory Against Cancer raised almost $40,000 with the funds going towards vital skin cancer research, prevention and support services

Cancer Council Victoria’s Head of Community Engagement, Lyrian Fleming-Parsley, explained the importance of fundraising events such as Victory Against Cancer.

“Cancer Council Victoria is very fortunate to have the support of the Melbourne Victory Football Club. Victory fans have raised over $138,000 for cancer research over the last four years. The amazing support and generosity of the Victorian community makes what we do possible.

Victory Against Cancer is truly unique – raising vital funds for cancer research, and giving fans the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with their idols, have some fun and show how we can reduce our own cancer risk”

A third of cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices – such as being active, limiting alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and being SunSmart.

As well as educating Victorians on the importance of physical activity in cancer prevention, Victory Against Cancer shows that exercise can be fun and enjoyable with players looking after their health and having an absolute ball at the same time.

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