Football Federation Australia (FFA), the A-League Clubs and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) will unite this week to support the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s “Kick it For Brain Cancer” fundraiser during round 26 of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Season.
Players from each of the clubs hosting matches this round joined with researchers and clinicians to launch this initiative in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle on Tuesday 3 April 2018. Aiming to raise $1 million to help beat this brutal disease, fans will be able to support the initiative at each of the five fixtures, as well as online at www.kickitforbraincancer.org.au. Supporters who attend the games can display their support by purchasing a ‘Kick It For Brain Cancer’ bandana.
Scott Jamieson represented Melbourne City at the launch in Melbourne and said that it's important to raise awareness for the cause.
"Its an issue in our society which is a devastating one," Jamieson said.
"Brain cancer is one of the leading killers in Australia. The disease has touched my former team mate Mark Rudan and one of his family members has been battling brain cancer, so it is an important cause for me. I think something we can do is raise awareness, come down to the Central Coast game on Saturday and help an important cause."
It’s widely known that football is played by more Australian kids than any other sport. But a lesser known statistic is that brain cancer kills more Australian kids than any other disease, and more adults under 40 than any other cancer.
Sadly, the chances of surviving brain cancer are as bleak as they were 30 years ago, with a devastatingly low five-year survival rate of just 20%. But by increasing funding and research, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation aims to increase that to 50% by 2023. That’s why ‘Kick It For Brain Cancer’ is so important.
All proceeds will be donated to Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Australia’s leading organisation for brain cancer research, advocacy and awareness.
So ‘Kick It For Brain Cancer’ in Round 26 of the Hyundai A-league, wear your colours, buy a bandana, dig deep and support the game we love. Together we can make a difference to the countless young lives lost to brain cancer each year. Together with football, we can help find a cure.