Announcing the annual Sock it to Sarcoma! Round
The WA District Cricket Council has endorsed the annual Sock it to Sarcoma! Round for the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February 2018.
We thank all District Clubs for getting involved to help raise awareness of sarcoma.
Sarcoma is a rare, aggressive cancer of the bones or soft tissue especially prevalent in young people aged 15-25. About 800 new cases are diagnosed each year in Australia, and because the disease is often discovered late, only 40% of patients survive past five years.
Two players at the Melville Cricket Club (MCC) – Hugh Atkinson and Amanda Williams – have been battling sarcoma. Both of these young adults are continuing to follow their love of cricket.
What we need District Clubs to do
We have set up an Everyday Hero page to simplify fundraising:
Please email this information out to all your club members (Under 13s to 1st Grade men and women). Invite them to make a donation and mention your club in the comments (e.g. MCC) and ask that they email the Everyday Hero information to their contacts.
These donations will go directly to Sock it to Sarcoma!, a registered independent charity based right here in the west.
Sock it to Sarcoma! provides support and care to people with sarcoma and their families. Funds are used for research, community awareness and patient support.
The best defense we have against sarcoma is greater awareness. If we catch it early we save lives.
How to promote the event in your district
In mid-January 2018, you will be sent promotional material including posters – one promoting the event and the other providing vital information about sarcoma. Also find attached two posts for your Social Media pages.
We ask that you display this information in your club rooms, and add information to your website and social media pages if possible.
Raising awareness of sarcoma will save young lives. Recognising symptoms early is crucial to successfully treating this lethal condition.
Please get the message out to as many of our cricket players, coaches, families and friends as possible.
The Fun Stuff
The Photo Competition
· Encourage all players and spectators to wear odd socks on game day to create sarcoma awareness.
· Take lots of photos and post them on Instagram using the #WADCCSarcoma18
· There will be two prizes awarded – one for the best individual photo and one to the club that posts the most over the weekend. Please tag your club on each post (i.e. #MCC and #WADCCSarcoma18)
Additional MCC activities for the event
Other activities to maximise awareness as part of the round:
1. Inviting sponsors to support the fundraising and sarcoma awareness by leveraging their clients, social media and client databases to actively seek donations for the initiative.
2. Raising awareness of community cricket and its support to Sock it to Sarcoma! by developing local interest stories for Community newspapers, television and radio.
3. The perpetual Hugh and Amanda Cup, to be played by all grades from Under 13s through to 1st Grade men and women’s teams that play MCC over Round 14. The Cup will be awarded to the Club that is most successful in matches played against MCC during the Sock it to Sarcoma! Round.
Other sporting clubs supporting Sock it to Sarcoma!
The Falcons Football District and the WA Football Commission support Sock it to Sarcoma! fundraising through their annual Kalin Foley Cup, named for a young footballer who lost his battle with the disease in 2014.
Because of their intimate involvement with young people and the unfortunate diagnosis of one of their players, the Falcons Football Club committed itself to raising awareness of the disease, fundraise for research and honour their young footballer. In 2017, their Sock it to Sarcoma! Kalin Foley Cup was held June.
Need to ask a question?
Lee Westbrook 0478 601 533