The much-anticipated Veterans Cricket Australia Championships for Over 50’s is back for 2021, and this year will be held in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
The 2021 event will be held in Adelaide with major functions held throughout the week at the at the Adelaide Oval from 13-18 November.
Championship Director Anthony Telfer said they were proud to support men with prostate cancer this year and raise vital awareness of the important cause.
“We selected PCFA as our charity of choice this year because we want to increase the exposure of the organisation, get men talking about prostate cancer – and encourage more men to get tested regularly,” he said.
“In addition, it’s a great opportunity for raise much-needed funds for the organisation to support their work locally and right across Australia.
Left to Right:
Les Burdett, former head curator Adelaide Oval 1978 - 2010, Peter Walsh Former ABC Grandstand commentator, Tim Stollznow Board member PCFA, Anthony Telfer SAVCA Board Member & Championship Director O50’s Australian National Cricket Championships
“Too many blokes are being diagnosed with prostate cancer – men like us who are over 50 – so this is a cause that we can all relate too.”
In Australia each year, nearly 17,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and sadly, over 3,000 men die from the disease each year.
“We have a captive audience at the national championships, so this is the ideal time to raise important awareness about prostate cancer and get men talking about testing – and play some great cricket at the same time,” Mr Telfer said.
Well-known sports commentator and long-term PCFA supporter, Peter Walsh, has come on board as an ambassador of the event, having been through prostate cancer himself.
“Being diagnosed with any type of cancer can be such a huge shock. Surround yourself with friends and medical people who will become your best mates,” he said.
Funds raised from the annual championships will go directly towards the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s vital research into prostate cancer treatments, early detection programs and cancer support services.
For more information or to get involved, visit www.savca.com.au.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia CEO, Prof Jeff Dunn AO, thanked Mr Telfer, and the committee for bringing an important cause to light locally.
“Community support like this is invaluable to our work and enables us to achieve greater outcomes for men impacted by prostate cancer, and their families,” Prof Dunn said.
“Every 30 minutes one of our fathers or sons will hear the news he has prostate cancer. Alarmingly, it remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia among men, with life-shattering side effects that can impact the whole family.
“Everyone who takes part in the event, and shows their support, will help us beat this disease.”
To find out more about Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, visit pcfa.org.au or call 1800 22 00 99.