Fridaynight’s blockbuster between Essendon and Hawthorn will mark the seventh annualCall to Arms ‘Clash for Cancer’ match since the initiative began in 2006.
The Bombers will wear a special guernseywith a yellow band to raise funds and awareness to fight cancer in men.
The ‘Clash for Cancer’ game originatedwhen the club decided to take a stand in support of premiership player AdamRamanauskas and his battle with cancer.
Despitethe AFL denying the Bombers request to pay tribute to Rama with a specialyellow armband, the club decided to wear the jumper and the fine in support ofa true champion.
Itwas later agreed by the AFL that the $20,000 would be donated to the CancerCouncil of Victoria, Essendon’s preferred charity. The following year, the AFLagreed to incorporate a yellow band into the sleeve of the Essendon guernseyfor their annual ‘Clash for Cancer’ game.
TheCall to Arms ‘Clash for Cancer’ idea grew from Essendon’s decision to challengethe AFL and this defining moment will always be the foundation of this greatevent.
Thisyear for the first time their will be the Clash for Cancer Walk, with fansjoining Ramanauskas in showing their support for the cause by walking fromMelbourne Public Bar and Restaurant across to Etihad Stadium before the game.
Clickhere to find out more about the Clash for Cancer Walk and to take part in theevent.
The annual Call to Arms campaign is anational cancer awareness campaign which invites players, administrators andsupporters from all sporting codes and clubs across Australia to wear ayellowarmband to raise funds to treat, prevent and detect cancers in men, as well asto support those facing cancer.
Together with Cancer Council Victoria, weare also encouraging teams of all codes and levels to pick a game during theirseason to hold a Call To Arms match, wear something yellow andraise funds tofight cancer in men.
To register your club, sponsor a team or donateclick here or call 1300 65 65 85.