The Canberra Raiders will don a different strip for Sunday’s game against the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs in support of cancer research.
In conjunction with it’s major sponsor, Huawei, the team launched the initiative to raise money for bowel cancer, in line with the NRL’s Kick Bowel Cancer campaign during May.
The jersey will feature the Tour de Cure logo and Riding to Cure Cancer message. The jerseys will be auctioned off post match through www.allbids.com.au to raise money for the cause. The vendor has pledged a minimum of $10,000 to the campaign.
Jerseys worn by the 17 players along with one signed by the team and coach Ricky Stuart will be available for online auction. The money raised will be donated directly to cancer research.
Canberra Raiders chief executive, Don Furner, said the jersey auction was another way the Raiders and Huawei worked together to help raise money for a worthwhile cause and encouraged Raiders fans to be generous with their support of the auction.
“The Raiders and Huawei have worked together over the course of our partnership to raise much needed money for charity and only last season a similar concept raised a significant amount of money,” he said.
“We hope to once again raise plenty of money and awareness for Tour de Cure this year and encourage our fans to jump online and bid for their favourite player’s jersey.”
Huawei director of corporate and public affairs, Jeremy Mitchell said, Tour de Cure was a terrific organisation who was making significant contributions to cancer research.
“Since 2007, Tour de Cure riders, volunteers, support crew, corporate sponsors and other supporters have raised in excess of $16 million and funded over 180 cancer research, support and prevention projects, leading to 13 cancer breakthroughs,” he said.
“We are proud to be involved with the Raiders in promoting awareness and raising money for this worthwhile cause.”