Football fields across Australia and the Northern Beaches were turned purple for pancreatic cancer on the weekends of June 12th and 19th with 14 MWFA clubs pulling on their purple socks to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.
The MWFA clubs again showed massive support for #PlayinPurple with Beacon Hill, Belrose Terrey Hills Raiders, Narrabeen FC, Forest Killarney, Manly Vale, Manly Allambie, Brookvale, Dee Why, Wakehurst, St Augustines and Curl Curl all taking Part. Also, a special thank you Seaforth, Pittwater RSL and Harbord F.C, which again motivated most of their club to get behind the campaign again in 2021.
Harbord FC and Seaforth FC Men’s O35/5 played in honour of player known to both teams recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
The #PlayinPurple campaign sees players of all ages, genders and geographies wear purple socks to raise awareness for a disease that is now the third most common cancer killer in Australia this year. The campaign grows from strength to strength each year with 3 state bodies, 7 high profile associations and 3 A-league clubs all supporting the nationwide awareness raising campaign.
PanKind CEO, Michelle Stewart said, “We were excited to see players of all ages pull on their purple socks to play in purple for pancreatic cancer this June, and again the growing number of clubs in the Manly Warringah Football Association showed their support and passion for this important campaign. The response has been truly incredible again this year with 22 local clubs raising awareness on their local football fields on #PlayinPurple weekends. Awareness on this scale is exactly what we need to help shine a light on this disease and this campaign is a wonderful opportunity to increase engagement between clubs, players and the community, all participating for a very important cause – pancreatic cancer awareness.
Pancreatic cancer is projected to claim more lives than breast cancer and prostate cancer, and each year almost 4,000 people will be diagnosed with approximately 80 per cent of patients diagnosed will die within 12 months. The disease has the lowest survival rates of all main cancer types, yet, despite these figures, pancreatic cancer trails behind other cancers when it comes to funding for research, receiving less than 8 per cent of the funding available
Stuart Hodge, Football NSW CEO, said “Football NSW are very proud to again be supporting such a wonderful community initiative, combining the wonderful code of football with truly ground-breaking campaigns such as #PlayinPurple. We kindly encourage our amazing football family to do their bit in getting behind this quality initiative and we cannot wait to see the code decked out in Purple to show their support for this wonderful cause in the fight against pancreatic cancer.”