Vikings answer call for men's health

THE issue of men's health needs in the Clarence Valley is gaining momentum.

Grafton Vikings State league men's basketball team will spend the regular season raising awareness - and money - for men's cancer research.

Coach of Grafton Vikings Craig Howe said the club had backed a Cancer Council nationwide initiative called Call to Arms.

He said historically, the Vikings had never been scared of a fight and led the charge when called to arms.

“It's something we can do for men's health with a minimum of administration,” Mr Howe said yesterday.

“The Vikings are a men's team and we thought it was appropriate to get behind a men's cancer initiative.”

Call to Arms will be launched tomorrow at the senior men's home game, when the Vikings take on Tamworth, and continue at all games throughout May, June and July.

Mr Howe said the Vikings would donate one dollar from every paying spectator's entry fee.

“I'm a man and I've got kids; and my dad's had throat cancer but survived it, luckily,” he said.

“I don't think there's enough awareness and enough fundraising for men's health, but I think that's improving.

“We have to get the message out that men need to go and get checked.”

Mr Howe said the Vikings would like to challenge other sporting teams in the Clarence Valley to take the lead - particularly men's teams - in helping to raise money and awareness for men's health.

Spectators are being asked to wear yellow at tomorrow's launch to support the Cancer Council and the Vikings fundraiser.



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