A very special group of young people connected through cancer have teamed up with West Coast Eagles players Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff to help launch the annual Dig Deep Day Fundraiser.
Dig Deep Day, which is now in its 12th year, is an important way West Coast Eagles aim to raise much needed funds for Cancer Council Western Australia through the sale of special blue, gold and white wristbands. Dig Deep Day will take place on July 23rd when the West Coast Eagles take on Melbourne in round 18.
As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for the West Coast Eagles, six mascots from previous Dig Deep games since 2009 helped launch the event. Luke Shuey, who is also the club's Cancer Council WA Ambassador, said the West Coast Eagles were pleased to welcome back six young people who had previously acted as Dig Deep Day mascots.
"These young people, who have all been affected by cancer in their lives, highlight the importance of this community fundraiser" he said. "They know the funds raised through Dig Deep Day go to a great cause because they know how Cancer Council can make a difference to anyone experiencing cancer".
Cancer Council CEO Susan Rooney said Cancer Council was honoured to be partners with the West Coast Eagles. She also paid tribute to the six previous mascots: Chloe Cutts, Alex Ceglinski, William Stagg, Tyler Fox, Ciara Austin and Caelan Mack, who were present at the launch.
"It's a great privilege to have the support of these six outstanding young people and their family members", she said. "They have been wonderful Dig Deep Day mascots in the past, through sharing their personal experiences of cancer and we're very grateful for their ongoing support for Cancer Council and their contribution to this important fundraiser".
Luke urged all West Coast Eagles fans to buy a $5 wristband and get behind Dig Deep Day to make a real difference in the lives of people with cancer.
"We know West Coast Eagles' fans have been incredibly generous with this annual fundraiser over the previous 11 years and we hope this year will be no different" he said. "It would be great to raise another $100,000 this year to support the valuable work of Cancer Council", said Luke.
Ms Rooney said it is only through the support of organisations like the West Coast Eagles and Caltex, along with the support of the community that Cancer Council was able to fund research as well as provide information and support to Western Australian's living with cancer.
In 2015, Cancer Council WA committed $3.8 million of funding to support WA's top cancer researchers, and provided cancer information and support services to around 35,000 West Australians affected by cancer.
West Coast Eagles Dig Deep wristbands are available now from Caltex outlets, the West Coast Eagles team store, the Cancer Council WA Shop (334 Rokeby Road, Subiaco) and will be on sale around the ground on Dig Deep Day.