Playing in purple for a good cause.
On Saturday, September 12 Lithgow District Football Association players will participate in a purple sock day in a move to raise money and awareness around pancreatic cancer.
The 'Going Purple' initiative will be run at club level through local clubs Workies Redbacks and Wallerawang F.C.
Workies Redbacks secretary Kylie Kemp said the campaign was started back in 2015.
"It was aimed at raising awareness and much needed funds for the pancreatic cancer research for the Avner Foundation," she said.
Kemp said Football NSW promoted the great cause by getting several clubs and associations to participate.
"It's a good cause to support and try to help raise awareness of this disease as approximately 80 per cent of patients have a slim chance of survival within 12 months of being diagnosed," she said.
"With more awareness and more research funding, it may be helpful in future cases."
The 'Play in Purple' campaign usually runs in the month of June but due to delay in the start of the season due to Covid-19 it was pushed back.
While raising these funds is for a great cause, the kids get to have a bit of fun by playing soccer in purple socks.Workies Redbacks secretary Kylie Kemp
"The 2020 campaign is running during the first couple of weeks of September so we are having our purple sock round then," Kemp said.
Players can purchase their purple socks to wear through their clubs with all funds going to the Avner Foundation.
"We are expecting to place an order of purple socks with a total of approximately $2,600," Kemp said.
"While raising these funds is for a great cause, the kids get to have a bit of fun by playing soccer in purple socks," she said.
If anyone is interested in donating to pancreatic cancer research, they can make a direct donation to the Avner Foundation.
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