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  • Cancer Council and Adelaide Strikers team up to Knock Bowel Cancer for Six

    04 December 2018

    Have you ever wanted to bare it all on Adelaide Oval? Now’s your chance, with 200 fundraisers set to strip down to their undies in front of 40,000 screaming  fans, all for a good cause.

    Cancer Council SA joined with Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday, 4 December to launch Cancer Council’s Undies Run at the Strikers, a once in a lifetime chance to run around Adelaide Oval while raising awareness for one of Australia’s biggest killers—bowel cancer.

    Held before the opening delivery of the Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes BBL match, Cancer Council’s Undies Run will see 200 fundraisers in matching undies run around Adelaide Oval just minutes before the players take to the field.

    It’s a cheeky event for a serious issue, with bowel cancer the second leading cause of death in South Australia, claiming over 400 lives every year.

    Cancer Council Chief Executive Lincoln Size says that even though the disease is one of the country’s biggest killers, it’s largely preventable through regular screening.

    “We know that 90 per cent of cases are treatable if caught early, which is why Undies Run is so important in raising awareness.”

    “We’re excited to be joining with the Adelaide Strikers to host the event this year and know that through the event, we can start a powerful conversation, reduce the stigma around bowel cancer screening and ultimately save lives.”

    The event is a first for the two organisations, with Cancer Council SA also signing on as the official charity partner for the Adelaide Strikers for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. 

    Adelaide Strikers GM, Bronwyn Klei, says the team is excited to be joining with Cancer Council SA for the unique event and encourages all Strikers fans to get on board and show their support.

    Bowel Cancer survivor Dimitri Sarris has been taking part in the event since 2016 and is back again for the 2019 event. Diagnosed with Stage 3 bowel cancer at just 27 years of age he is passionate about sharing his story to educate others on the risks.

    “I was fit and healthy, exercised regularly, never smoked or took drugs and had rarely any symptoms, just a small amount of blood when I went to the toilet. There wasn't a lot of blood and it wasn't regular either. I went to the doctor and was shocked to discover that the symptoms were a result of bowel cancer.”

    “My message for others is to sign up and take part in a great event that supports an even greater cause. When do you get the chance to run around in your undies and have a great time, while also raising money and helping people impacted by cancer in their treatment and recovery?”

    Cancer Council’s Undies Run will be held on Monday, 21 January before the Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes BBL match. For more information and to register visit: http://bit.ly/UndiesRun2019

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