Media Release – 5 July, 2010
Parramatta Eels will respond to the Call To Arms against men’s cancer during a special fundraising match for Cancer Council, when they size up against the North Queensland Cowboys on Monday 12 July at Parramatta Stadium.
Call To Arms is one of Cancer Council’s annual fundraising initiatives, encouraging sporting groups of all ages and codes help raise funds and awareness for men with cancer. Sporting clubs hold a Call To Arms match in July or at another time in the season, where players wear yellow armbands in a show of support for men with cancer, and run fundraising activities.
The Parramatta Eels have supported Call To Arms for the past two years, but this year’s match takes on special significance with prop, Tim Mannah acting as an official ambassador for the cause (Mannah’s brother Jon recently battled cancer).
Tim is featured heavily in Cancer Council’s promotional materials for the fundraiser, including a TV community service announcement.
Led by Tim, the Eels will wear yellow armbands and yellow shoe laces during their 12 July match. Eels and Cowboys fans alike will be encouraged to help raise funds on the day through various activities including making gold coin donations, purchasing a try card, or purchasing yellow armbands and shoelaces as worn by the Eels players.
Fans can also donate online via links on the Parramatta Eels website. All funds raised on the day will go towards Cancer Council’s men’s cancer research, prevention, information and support services like the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20).
Tim Mannah said he is encouraging all Eels supporters to dig deep and support the cause on match day.
Tim is also encouraging all sports team across the country to follow Parramatta Eels’ example and get involved in Call To Arms.
“If you haven’t start to plan your Call To Arms match, it’s not too late. Pick a date in July or at another time during the season. Just go to www.calltoarms.com.au to find out more information about how you can get involved,” Tim said.
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