Cancer awareness will be at the forefront of the minds of players and spectators at Saturday’s football match when the Rutherglen Cats host the Wahgunyah Lions at Barkly Park.
The Cats have chosen to dedicate this round to cancer awareness and fundraising, which is close to their hearts after the loss of much-loved coach and friend Karl Jacka to the disease earlier this year.
Dianne and Wayne Milthorpe, who have both been assisting the committee in organising the event, said they were looking forward to making the day a memorable one for all.
The Rutherglen senior football teams will be wearing specially designed football jumpers in support not only of cancer awareness, but also in recognition of loved ones who have survived the disease and community members who lost their lives to cancer.
The jumpers are lavender, the colour generally associated with cancer awareness, and sport a ruby trim, the colour that represents cancer carers.
Those who contributed a loved one’s name to be included on the special jumpers are welcome to join in a guard of honour that will take place at the start of the senior game. These people are asked to assemble at the front of the clubrooms at 2pm.
At half time, spectators can watch Rick Hiskins have his head and beard shaved for the cause.
The club has successfully run a pink ladies day fundraiser for the past seven years, which has raised more than $20,000 for cancer research and support.
“Our pink ladies day fundraisers have been really successful and great for cancer awareness,” Dianne said.
“But this year, we wanted to go one better and dedicate not just a small portion of the day to cancer awareness, but dedicate our entire round.
“We have some really great things planned and with the funds raised we hope to approach the Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre to make sure our funds go to supporting local families affected by cancer.”
The day will also incorporate the club’s annual high tea, which has sold out. There will also be a jumping castle and face painting for the children to enjoy.