Pitt Town Pirates SC go Purple for Pancreatic Cancer


Nepean Football Association side Pitt Town Pirates SC recently took part in “Going Purples for Pancreatic Cancer” on the 23rd and 24th of June to raise awareness and funds for Pancreatic Cancer and Australian research into the disease.

There was tremendous support on the day across the clubs 50 teams ranging from the under 5s all the way up to the all age women’s teams.

In all, 35 teams combined to purchase 336 pairs of socks which generated over $5000 in sock sales.

Club president Anton Raunjak was proud of his club’s achievements in assisting with such a great cause.

“This was a fantastic effort given the club only decided to get on-board a few weeks before orders closed. To get this amount of support from our members in such a short period of time was amazing.

“Going Purple for Pancreatic Cancer” is organised through the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and the motivation for the Pitt Town Pirates participation came after the Solvyn’s family lost a grandfather earlier this year after his battle with the disease.

“In acknowledgement of the club’s effort, Avner CEO Julian Martin visited the club on Saturday morning to show his appreciation and meet the Solvyns family.”

Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation CEO Julian Martin was overjoyed with Pitt Town Pirates’ commitment to the cause.

“As the only Foundation in Australia, dedicated exclusively to Pancreatic Cancer all of us here at the Avner Foundation are delighted by the way Pitt Town FC players embraced the Purple Sock campaign.

“Lack of Awareness is the biggest problem for Pancreatic Cancer though over 3,000 Australians will die from it every year.

“Bringing the issue out at a grassroots level like this is very powerful.

“As an ex-footballer, I saw some fantastic football being played by the under 10s on Saturday.

“Keep it up and keep scoring goals for Pancreatic Cancer research.”

Pancreatic Cancer is little known to many but this devastating disease is one of Australia’s biggest killers.

More than 3,200 Australians will be diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer this year, and 8% of them will not survive 5 years.

The aim of the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation is to double the number of people who survive Pancreatic Cancer by 2020.