Cancer Council is calling on Western Suburbs sports teams to get ballsy about men’s cancers and host a Balls for Balls fundraiser.
Balls for Balls will see teams across NSW play ball games to fund vital research into men’s cancers and support those affected at every stage.
Hills United is the first club in the Hills to commit to supporting the Balls for Balls campaign.
Hills United President Tristan Rimmer said: “We are keen to promote sunsafe behaviour with our players.
“We’re also asking our players to participate in a soccer juggling fundraiser. This campaign is a great way to increase our players skills, whilst encouraging them to raise funds for a great cause.”
One of the first to take on the challenge is 9-year-old Ben Knox.
“I’ve been playing soccer since I was 4 years old and love it” said Ben. “I’ve set my juggling target at 30 and my best at the moment is 18. My grandfather has recovered from prostate cancer and also one of my best mates at school was diagnosed with cancer when we were in kindergarten. I want to raise money to support them so they continue to get better and for everyone else who has cancer now and in the future.”
Hills United teams are currently sat in second place on the fundraising ladder, having raised over $5000.
Denise Daynes Cancer Council NSW Community Coordinator said: “This year, over 76,700 men are expected to be diagnosed with cancer. That’s around 8,800 more men than women,”
“Skin cancer prevention is a key focus of this campaign as we know that men over the age of 40 are 1.5 time more likely to be diagnosed and 2.5 times more likely to die of melanoma than women,” said Ms Daynes.
The Hills Association is offering the top club in the Hills District 10 free tickets to a Western Sydney Wanderers game, so it’s looking good for Hills United.
All clubs and individuals who register for the Balls for Balls campaign will receive 30% discount off Cancer Council retail products as well as receive Sunsmart support for their club to promote to members. The top 30 fundraising clubs in Greater Western Sydney will also receive a free sunscreen stand and sunscreen.