Bowel Cancer Australia partners with the NRL
A new campaign to increase bowel cancer awareness shows that when it comes to important health issues, we're all on the same team.
The NRL Kick Bowel Cancer campaign, featuring current and former greats from clubs including the Raiders, Rabbitohs and Knights, will run nationally throughout 2015.
Bowel Cancer Australia chief executive Mr Julien Wiggins welcomed the NRL's support which builds on an enduring relationship between the charity and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
"Bowel Cancer Australia has been fortunate to have had a productive partnership with Manly since 2007. Players helped launch what was then Bowel Cancer Awareness Week up until 2011."
"They've run on to the field in Bowel Cancer Australia branded jerseys; hosted the Super Colon at Brookvale Oval; and highlighted some of our key messages about taking action on symptoms and knowing your family medical history."
"The NRL has now taken on the challenge to help kick bowel cancer," he said.
Bowel Cancer Australia has also enjoyed the support of Sharks back rower Chris Heighington who signed on as Bowel Cancer Australia ambassador last year.
"The NRL Kick Bowel Cancer campaign is close to my heart with my Dad being diagnosed at the age of 65 and currently undergoing treatment," he said.
Channel 9 sports reporter and co-host of the NRL Footy Show Erin Molan is another Bowel Cancer Australia ambassador. Erin also has a personal connection to bowel cancer since her sister was diagnosed with the disease at the age of just 29.
The NRL Kick Bowel Cancer campaign features former players Mario Fenech, Alan Tongue and Adam McDougall alongside current players Dave Shillington, Josh Perry and James Tedesco.
The NRL Kick Bowel Cancer campaign aims to highlight the impact of bowel cancer and encourage people to see their GP about symptoms, know their family history and screen for bowel cancer according to their individual risk profile.
"Bowel cancer doesn't discriminate and it's a huge challenge with around 15,000 new cases each year. We are certainly very pleased to have the might of the NRL on our side to help even out the score in the fight against bowel cancer," Mr Wiggins said.
To join us in kicking bowel cancer go to the NRL Kick Bowel Cancer website.