Footy Colours Day is here and nine of Australia's most inspiring children who have all overcome their own struggles with cancer, are stepping up.
They are putting the call out for everyone to have a bit of fun at the end of this footy season and help kids like them keep up with school while they're receiving and recovering from cancer treatment.
Footy Colours Day 2021 will be held on Monday, September 20.
All money raised through the day funds Fight Cancer Foundation's much-needed education support programs, which help children with cancer avoid the significant social and emotional impacts of potentially having to drop a year level as a result of the disruption to their studies.
These kids are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
The ambassadors are the perfect champions of the campaign, having all experienced Fight Cancer Foundation's education support program firsthand during their treatment and recovery from different forms of cancer.
Among the ambassadors is Wilberforce local Mason, a grade three student who survived his fight with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).
The other ambassadors are:
- Chase - Grade two Wilms Tumor survivor from NSW
- Eleanor - Grade two Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) survivor from NSW
- Hailey - Grade two Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) survivor from VIC
- Jett - Grade four, Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma survivor from NSW
- Leni - Grade six, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) survivor from VIC
- Maya - Grade six Neuroblastoma survivor from VIC
- Molly - Grade nine High Grade Osteosarcoma survivor from NSW
- Thomas - Grade 12 survivor from - Voyager Point, NSW
Aussie families, workplaces and schools are encouraged to register to host a virtual or socially distanced Footy Colours Day event to not only help kids with cancer, but to also connect with family and friends during a time when everyone is feeling more separated.
Supporting the Patient Ambassadors are some of Aussie footy's biggest stars from all codes, who will donate both their time and profile to help raise awareness for Footy Colours Day.
- Adam Treloar - Western Bulldogs, AFL
- Corey Waddell - Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, NRL
- Erica Fowler - Collingwood FC, AFLW
- Felise Kaufusi - Melbourne Storm, NRL
- Jack Crisp - Collingwood FC, AFL
- Justin O'Neill- North QLD Cowboys, NRL
- Kezie Apps - Australian Jillaroos, NRLW
- Luke Brooks - Wests Tigers, NRL
- Maddie Shevlin - Richmond FC, AFLW
- Mitchell Moses- Parramatta Eels, NRL
- Renee Garing - Geelong FC, AFLW
- Reece Hodge - Melbourne Rebels, Rugby Union
Luke Brooks said that these kids are truly inspirational.
"I'm excited to help them get their message out for Australians to don footy colours this September to help raise money for kids with cancer," he said.
"Every time I suit up for a game I like to think of these kids who have been through so much in their short lives and am proud to support them and the Fight Cancer Foundation."
On average, kids with cancer miss out on more than six months of school, which makes it difficult to keep up with their peers.
Fight Cancer Foundation's education support programs operate in major paediatric hospitals and develop individual learning plans to meet the educational, social and welfare needs of each child.
These resources are needed more than ever to support home-schooling and remote learning.
ight Cancer Foundation's Managing Director, Eric Wright said kids with cancer need the community this year more than ever.
"Covid has shown us how important it is to keep connected with our peers and our education," he said. "Footy Colours Day is a fun and easy way to ensure kids with cancer, who are already doing it tough, aren't more significantly impacted.
"A Footy Colours Day event can take any form you like, so if you are working remotely bring everyone together for an hour of footy fun by using an online video platform, or for those that can gather together safely, as per COVID-safe restrictions, boost morale over a footy-themed morning or afternoon tea.
"You don't have to be a football fan to celebrate Footy Colours Day, it's just a great way to get everyone together and, most importantly, unite against children's cancer. We desperately need your help to continue to support these kids."
To register a workplace or school visit footycoloursday.com.au and join in the action at #FootyColoursDay.
To learn more about Fight Cancer Foundation and its mission to give hope and save lives of people living with cancer and their families visit fightcancer.org.au