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Vikings to 'TACKLE' cancer fundraising

05 March 2010

The team will play in a specially-designed kit on Thursday, March 18 to support male cancer charity Everyman.

The game, which is at the Stobart Stadium Halton, kicks-off at 7.30pm and will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports 3.

Widnes Vikings’ loose forward Chris Gerrard said: “Nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Unfortunately among men it is still a problem we don’t like to talk about. We want our support for Everyman to start the conversation – with men and their wives and girlfriends, and among their friends.

Widnes Vikings Paddy Flynn

Widnes Vikings rugby league club is tackling the problem of male cancers by raising funds and awareness at its home match against Halifax.

“We want to help raise awareness of the symptoms – and how to get help – and also help to raise money for such an important cause.”

Widnes Vikings chairman Steve O’Connor said: “We want as many people to come to the game because we’ll be donating a portion of the gate money to Everyman, as well as raising money on the night. We think it’s worthwhile enough to give them the shirt off our backs.

“We have chosen the Halifax game because we are expecting a big crowd so we can make a significant donation to Everyman – and also because it will be a great game for everyone to watch.”

The charity’s mission is to stamp out testicular and prostate cancer by making everyone recognise the tell-tale signs, and understand the importance of treating them. By increasing this awareness Everyman also hopes to raise money to fund its life-saving research.

Everyman spokesperson Tatjana Trposka said: “We are thrilled with the support we have received from Widnes Vikings rugby club. We desperately need to raise more awareness and funds to fight prostate and testicular cancers and we are another step closer thanks to the help of Widnes.

“We urge the local community to see these eye-catching kits for themselves by heading to the match and perhaps even bidding for their own piece of history!”

Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men aged 15 - 44 with 2,000 new cases a year in the UK. Prostate cancer affects men over 50 with 35,000 new cases every year and 10,000 deaths which is one man every hour.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £7 for children and £13 for adults when bought before the day of the game and can be purchased from the O’Neills sports shop, Liebig Court, Widnes. Matchday tickets will be £2 dearer and will be sold from Stadium Fitnessat Stobart Stadium Halton.

Donations can be made prior to the evening by going online to www.justgiving.com/widnesvikings



Additional information

Widnes Vikings

Widnes Vikings rugby league club is one of the most famous clubs in world rugby with a proud 125-year history, which included becoming World Club Champions as well as X league titles and Y Challenge Cup successes.

Currently playing  in the Co-Operative Championship and holders of the Northern Rail Cup, Widnes is focused on developing its strong off-field foundations at the Stobart Stadium Halton while continuing to be a central part of its community.

For more information about Widnes Vikings, visit www.widnesvikings.co.uk or contact Mark Naughton on 07919 001054 or e-mail markn@widnesvikings.co.uk




Everyman is the UK’s leading male cancer campaign which raises awareness of, and funds research into testicular and prostate cancer. Everyman funds research at The Everyman Centre – Europe’s first and only centre dedicated to male cancer research.

Everyman is dedicated to improving the survival rate of men with testicular cancer by raising awareness about the early symptoms. Its scientists have also led groundbreaking research into new treatments for prostate cancer. The Everyman Centre is run by Europe’s leading cancer organisation, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).

The ICR marked its centenary in 2009, celebrating 100 years of world leading research into cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

For more information about Everyman visit www.everyman-campaign.org or contact Tatjana Trposka on 020 7153 5312 / tatjana@icr.ac.uk

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