Tigers changing stripes for cancer

TALKING about their health is not something that comes naturally to men, especially those involved in contact sport.

But slap on a pair of brightly coloured socks and the chat comes a little easier.

This weekend, Central Highlands rugby league’s Emerald Tigers will take on Springsure Mountain Men at McIndoe Oval in Emerald, dressed in yellow socks and armbands donated by Central Queensland News in support of men’s cancer awareness.

Tagged as the Call to Arms match, the Tigers will follow the lead of some of the country’s leading sporting organisations and personalities also backing the awareness program, including Tim Mannah from Parramatta Eels, Benji Marshall from Wests Tigers and Socceroo Tim Cahill.

The vibrant-themed idea is designed to get men talking about issues regarding their health, which directly impacts their livelihoods.

Emerald Tigers vice president Jay Edwards said this was the club’s way of helping those in need as cancer did not discriminate, with many footballers and families affected by the disease.

“Tigers wanted to get behind raising money for cancer research and awareness programs because just about everyone involved with the Tigers has at some point in their lives been affected by cancer, some closer than others,” he said.

“I think rugby league is a good way to give back to these types of programs and give our support.”

You can pledge your support by attending tomorrow night’s Emerald-Springsure match-up at 7pm at McIndoe Oval, with donation tins available at the game.

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