Melbourne City FC ‘Bands Together’ in support of CanTeen and National Bandanna Day

Melbourne City FC has continued its support of adolescent cancer charity CanTeen this week, ‘banding together’ with five young people affected by cancer to show collective support for National Bandanna Day.

Held tomorrow, Friday 27 October, National Bandanna Day is the largest fundraising event initiated by CanTeen - the Australian national support organisation for young people aged 12-25 affected by cancer – and aims to raise $1.3 million to support its programs.

The day encourages people to support CanTeen – simply by purchasing and wearing a bandanna to raise awareness, show support for those affected by cancer, and help the organisation raise funds.

City players Tim Cahill, Neil KilkennyOsama Malik, and Luke Brattan met young heroes William, Alejandra, Sarah, Bianca and Eonda from the CanTeen foundation and helped to promote National Bandanna Day’s #BandTogether campaign at the City Football Academy.

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Commenting on City’s support for CanTeen, Melbourne City FC midfielder Osama Malik said;

“I am really proud to be involved in National Bandanna Day for CanTeen. It’s an awesome charity that Melbourne City have been involved with for some time, and I know my hair is always a talking point – I think a lot of people were keen to get a bandanna around it! In all seriousness, it’s an honour to meet these incredible young people, and I just hope they enjoyed the experience today. I encourage anyone to get involved with Bandanna Day and learn about the work that CanTeen do too.”

Sarah Fry, who travelled from Geelong to the City Football Academy to watch the likes of star player Tim Cahill in action, said CanTeen were grateful for Melbourne City’s support of National Bandanna Day;

“We’re hoping to raise as much awareness for National Bandanna Day on Friday. It was amazing to have the opportunity to watch the Melbourne City players training up close and personal, which was an awesome experience – you don’t usually get to see the players up so close and it was great to see their skills.

cahill canteen

“We’re also humbled by the player’s support; we exchanged Melbourne City shirts for Bandannas to help band together to support CanTeen and the foundation.”

“We’re hoping to raise as much awareness for National Bandanna Day on Friday. It was amazing to have the opportunity to watch the Melbourne City players training up close and personal, which was an awesome experience – you don’t usually get to see the players up so close and it was great to see their skills.

“We’re also humbled by the player’s support; we exchanged Melbourne City shirts for Bandannas to help band together to support CanTeen and the foundation.”

CanTeen will be selling Bandannas at Melbourne’s Federation Square, The Bourke Street Mall, Queen Victoria Markets and throughout the CBD and at all the major City train stations on Friday.

Melbourne City FC helped to brighten the lives on two CanTeen representatives in June this year,providing a surprise visit to the City Football Academy to meet Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi.