Wednesday, 15 July 2015
When the West Coast Eagles take on the Western Bulldogs on 23 August, they’ll not only be looking to bank another win in their quest for the AFL premiership, they’ll also be playing an important part in the fight against cancer.
The round 21 clash is Dig Deep Day, which is now in its 11th year, where the West Coast Eagles aim to raise much needed funds for Cancer Council Western Australia, this year through the sale of special blue, gold and white wristbands.
10 year old Caelan Mack, a dyed in the wool Eagles fan, lost his father to cancer last year, and joined West Coast Eagles stars Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff to launch the annual Dig Deep campaign for 2015.
Caelan’s mum, Victoria, said Cancer Council WA had been very supportive during what was a very difficult time.
“Cancer Council helped us a lot, particularly with counselling. We were really grateful to have their support,” Victoria said.
Eagle Luke Shuey, who is also the club’s Cancer Council WA Ambassador, said it’s fantastic to see how the money raised over the years can help people with cancer.
“Over the last decade, West Coast Eagles’ fans have helped to raise more than a million dollars through the annual Dig Deep campaigns, money which goes directly to fund cancer research and help Cancer Council provide support services to cancer patients and their families,” Luke said.
“It would be great to raise another $100,000 this year.”
Luke urged all West Coast Eagles fans to get behind the Dig Deep campaign and unite to beat cancer.
“We want everyone over the next six weeks to buy a wristband to show support for people battling this disease and to represent the hope that one day cancer will be defeated,” Luke said.
As well as supporting research, the money raised through the sale of the Dig Deep wristbands will help Cancer Council fund cancer education and prevention programs and to provide much needed support and care for people with cancer and their families.
“It’s great for people to know that just by buying these $5 wristbands they can make a real difference in the lives of people with cancer,” Luke said.
West Coast Eagles Dig Deep wristbands are available now from Caltex outlets, the West Coast Eagles team store, the Cancer Council WA Shop and they will be on sale around the ground on Dig Deep Day.