Welcome to the DT38 May Newsletter, Channel38.
This is where we bring together all the very latest developments, events and support stories at DT38.
It’s also a chance for us to share important information about the work we do to raise awareness of testicular cancer around schools and in communities as well as publicly offering our thanks to the many people who support us in our endeavours.
New DT38 Ambassadors
We are delighted to welcome two new Ambassadors to the DT38 team this month.
Socceroos’ legend John Aloisi enjoyed a 20-year football career and clocked up 55 caps for Australia.
The centre forward enjoyed spells in England, Spain, Italy and Belgium before finishing his career in the A League with Melbourne City.
James Fuller has been a supporter of DT38 for some time having entered the boxing ring to take part in Awareness Below The Belt, our white collar boxing event in London last November.
His father John his himself battled testicular cancer and James has been so taken by the work of DT38 that he was keen to get more involved and this month he has kicked off his ambassadorial work by launching an online fundraising competition based on the classic football board game “Wembley”.
In James’ words here’s how you can get involved. The full details are also on our Facebook page.
“After recently becoming an ambassador for #DT38 I’ve come up with an idea to raise some money during lockdown. It’s based on the old board game Wembley, some of you might have played back in the day, very old game based on the FA Cup. There will be a £25 cash prize for the winner donated by myself with all other proceeds be donated to DT38. If this works I will be looking at doing it on a monthly basis with prizes changing each month. If your interested please read on as I will explain how it works for those of you that don’t know how Wembley works.
There are 32 teams in the game and once all teams are sold I will do a live draw online then the “matches” will take place also live online shortly after with results being determined by a roll of a dice. Each division has its own home and away dice with a slight bias on the higher division and home dice (only slight). The winning teams will go through to the next round which will be drawn after the results and the “matches” for the next round will take place the next day. This will continue until there 2 teams left in the final (total of 5 rounds) with the winner taking the prize. I will post pictures of teams in their divisions (remember its an old game so not all up to date) money to be paid into a PayPal account I have set up for raising money for DT38 and will send confirmation of all money be sent to the charity. Link at the top of the page. Teams will be sold on a 1st come 1st served basis. Please join in, I will make it as entertaining as possible and is for a really great charity . See below prices of teams.
Division 1- £3 each
Division 2- £2.50 each
Division 3&4 -£2 each
Message me if your interested and what team you would like to buy. I will confirm your team and then please donate to the paypal account
Thank you both for your support guys, great to have you involved.
Daniel Garb Podcast
DT38 Patron Daniel Garb, a leading sports journalist in Australia, used his new podcast to raise awareness of DT38 this month.
The first episode of “Greats With Garby” featured none other than an interview with this fellow DT38 Patron Mile Jedinak.
The popular pair spoke about their passion for supporting DT38 and the importance of our work.
You can listen to this episode of Greats With Garby here: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/mile-jedinak-greats-with-garby/id1513491025?i=1000475043306
Our Work to Get Through Coronavirus (Covid-19)
It has been reported that in the UK alone – let alone Australia – the first 12 weeks of the Government’s social distancing restrictions has caused a loss of £4.3 billion in lost revenue.
Like many other charities DT38 relies entirely upon donations and fundraising events to carry out our work of protecting men and boys by raising awareness of the risks of testicular cancer.
Because of this terrible crisis, which is tragically taking the lives of loved ones and affecting the lives and livelihoods of so many people, we have experienced the cancellation of eight fundraising events over the next three months.
This has left us in a difficult position financially just three months after we marked the fifth anniversary of our charity.
As a response we launched the 3.80 Funding Appeal.
3.80 Funding Appeal
On April 18th – six years to the day since we said goodbye to our beloved Dylan Tombides – we launched the 3.80 Funding Appeal following a tough period for our charity caused by Covid-19.
Since launching the appeal we have raised a fantastic £2,822.52 or $5,218 AUD (as of 27/05/20) of our target which is £8,000 or $15,000
For the past five years we have continued to support men and boys in the UK, Australia and elsewhere through educating them to protect themselves by checking for testicular cancer on the first of every month.
It is more important than ever, during the Coronavirus outbreak, that males take notice of our campaign because our health services are so drastically stretched because of this terrible virus.
Whilst we continue to work tirelessly to share this message to as many people as possible, as a charity we are entirely reliant upon fundraising and donations and we have sadly experienced a dramatic fall in income recently because of the pandemic.
We have been forced to cancel several exciting fundraising events including Golf Days in the UK and Australia, a quiz night and several race events and, understandably, many people have turned their attentions elsewhere during this very difficult time.
We fully appreciate the future is uncertain for many people right now, as it is for DT38 and we are look for support in the hope that we can mark our 6th anniversary in 2021 and far beyond.
We rely upon income to continue to share information about the risks of testicular cancer, the most common type of cancer among young men.
April 18th, 2020, marked the sixth anniversary of the passing of our inspiration, Dylan Tombides, who lost his battle with testicular cancer at the age of just 20.
Through the 3.80 Funding Appeal, we are asking if you can help DT38 and men and boys everywhere by making a donation of £3.80 (UK) or $3.80 (AUS) in support of our work this year. We would also be very grateful for donations from anywhere else in the world.
DT38 has continued to thrive over the past five years because of the wonderfully generous and kind hearted support of so many people and we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of you.
You can donate now here:
UK & Rest of World: https://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/dt38fundingappeal
Tracy Tombides, mother of Dylan, said: “Whilst we continue to work tirelessly to raise awareness and educate our youth about testicular cancer and as many people as possible, as a charity we are entirely reliant upon fundraising and donations and we have sadly experienced a dramatic fall in income recently because of the pandemic.
“We have cancelled several exciting fundraising events and, understandably, many people have turned their attentions elsewhere during this very difficult time.
“But we rely upon income to continue to raise awareness about the risks of testicular cancer, the most common type of cancer among young men.
“So that we can move forward with true confidence in the difficult months ahead, we are asking your help.
“We are asking if you can help DT38 and men and boys everywhere by making a donation of £3.80 (UK) or $3.80 (AUS) in support of our work this year.
“We want to say a huge thanks to everyone for your unwavering support and generous donations over the past five years. By continuing to work together in the UK, Australia and further afield we can continue to keep our men and boys safe.
“Our mission for the next five years appeared to be straightforward, but now our priority has turned to focus on reaching the 6th anniversary in February 2021. We can only achieve this with your financial support. We want to continue to reach as many people as possible and to encourage men to check themselves down under on a monthly basis.
“In support of this we launched our Check 1-Two Campaign and it couldn’t be easier. On the first of every month remember to give yourselves a quick check down under.
“Why not put a reminder in your phone?
“Of course, here at DT38 we’re going to be working hard to remind people because we know that self checking save lives – if you catch testicular cancer early you have a much better chance of survival or less complications.”
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Of course the Coronavirus has had a significant impact upon everyone.
A large part of DT38’s fundraising comes from events we run throughout the year, as well as from individuals, companies and organisations who undertake fundraising initiatives to support our campaign to raise awareness of testicular cancer.
But we, like many others, have sadly been affected by the postponement of cancellation of many events and fundraising opportunities across 2020.
The funds we receive are vital to support our ongoing work to help save the lives of men and boys through education and self checking campaigns.
If you would like to continue supporting DT38 we do still accept direct donations via our website or you could make a purchase through our online store here: https://dt38foundation.myshopify.com
Thank you so much for any support you can give.
Check 1-Two Campaign Launch Reminder
In case you missed it, we marked the 5th anniversary of DT38 in February with the launch of a new and exciting campaign to encourage men and boys to check their testicles regularly.
Spearheaded by a team of big names from the world of football, Check 1-Two is an important new regular event to educate males to be safe in the nether regions by carrying out a simple check on the first day of every month.
Whether you’re in the shower, in bed, at home on the sofa or anywhere else suitably private, it only takes a couple of minutes to examine your balls.
And keeping an eye (or hand to be totally accurate) on your nuts could save your life, so it really is minimal effort for maximum peace of mind.
Of course, if you are checking yourself on the first of every month (as is the mantra of Check 1-Two) and you notice a pea sized lump, pain or discomfort that you cannot explain then you should book into your GP as soon as possible and insist on an ultrasound scan.
Tracy Tombides, co-founder of DT38, is the brains behind the campaign.
She said: “Check 1-Two couldn’t be easier. On the first of every month remember to give yourselves a quick check down under.
“Why not put a reminder in your phone?
“Of course, here at DT38 we’re going to be working hard to remind people because we know that self checking save lives – if you catch testicular cancer early you have a much better chance of survival or less complications.
“And girls, you have a part to play too. Remind your husbands, partners, sons, brothers, dads and grandads and friends that they need to have a grab on the first of every month, just remember Check 1-Two”.
DT38 was founded in 2015 to raise awareness of testicular cancer in memory of West Ham and Australia footballer Dylan Tombides who passed away from the disease in April 2014.
Many Happy Returns
There are an awesome eight birthdays for the DT38 team this month.
On May 8th DT38 Ambassador and West Ham United Captain Mark Noble was 33 and on the 11th sports journalist and fellow Ambassador Heather Miller was 26.
On May 17th DT38 Board Member Erica Pass was 52 years old and father of Dylan and DT38 co-founder Jim Tombides celebrated his 60th birthday on the 20th.
On May 22nd DT38 Ambassador Blair Turgott, who plays for Ostersunds FK in the Swedish first division, was 26 and two days later (24th) Ambassador Jordan Spence, who is a defender for Dutch team ADO Den Haag, celebrated his 30thbirthday.
Sharing their celebration on May 31st were DT38 Ambassadors Mark Lee, a former professional footballer who was 41 and Super2 Series racing driver Adam Marjoram who celebrated his 27th birthday.
Many Happy Returns one and all!
Picture of the Month
We receive plenty of inspiring images each month from people across the globe showing their support for DT38 and just for fun (no prizes), we give ourselves the difficult decision of picking our “Picture of the Month”.
This month our winner is the Haycock family! Former West Ham United coach Nick Haycock knew Dylan Tombides well and he is an Ambassador of DT38 and now the whole family has signed up to support our charity. Thank you Haycock family!
Sharing the Love
We are so grateful to more than 35,000 people who follow and support us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Every month we receive so many shares, Retweets, likes and tags and we’re so grateful for each and every one of them, thank you.
And that brings to end this edition but we’ll be back with the next edition of Channel38 in June.
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