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Clash for Cancer enters seventh season

The Clash for Cancer inspired by Adam Ramanauskas.

Friday night’s blockbuster between Essendon and Hawthorn will mark the seventh annual Call to Arms ‘Clash for Cancer’ match since the initiative began in 2006.

The Bombers will wear a special guernsey with a yellow band to raise funds and awareness to fight cancer in men.

The ‘Clash for Cancer’ game originated when the club decided to take a stand in support of premiership player Adam Ramanauskas and his battle with cancer.

Despite the AFL denying the Bombers request to pay tribute to Rama with a special yellow armband, the club decided to wear the jumper and the fine in support of a true champion.

It was later agreed by the AFL that the $20,000 would be donated to the Cancer Council of Victoria, Essendon’s preferred charity. The following year, the AFL agreed to incorporate a yellow band into the sleeve of the Essendon guernsey for their annual ‘Clash for Cancer’ game.

The Call to Arms ‘Clash for Cancer’ idea grew from Essendon’s decision to challenge the AFL and this defining moment will always be the foundation of this great event.

This year for the first time their will be the Clash for Cancer Walk, with fans joining Ramanauskas in showing their support for the cause by walking from Melbourne Public Bar and Restaurant across to Etihad Stadium before the game.

Click here to find out more about the Clash for Cancer Walk and to take part in the event.

The annual Call to Arms campaign is a national cancer awareness campaign which invites players, administrators and supporters from all sporting codes and clubs across Australia to wear ayellow armband to raise funds to treat, prevent and detect cancers in men, as well as to support those facing cancer.

Together with Cancer Council Victoria, we are also encouraging teams of all codes and levels to pick a game during their season to hold a Call To Arms match, wear something yellow andraise funds to fight cancer in men.

To register your club, sponsor a team or donate click here or call 1300 65 65 85.