Welcome to the DT38 February 2023 newsletter, Channel38.
It’s been another busy month for DT38 and we’re here to share some of the very latest news, events and stories involving our charity.
It’s also an opportuniity for us to pass on vital information about the work we do raising awareness of testicular cancer across the world, around schools and in communities as well as publicly showing gratitude for the many people who support us in our work.
Men and boys: Remember to check yourselves on the first of every month, it could save your life!
Eight Great Years of DT38
The eighth anniversary of DT38 Foundation was marked on February 28th.
DT38 was founded in 2015 to raise awareness of testicular cancer in memory of talented footballer Dylan Tombides, the year after he passed away following an incredible battle with the disease.
We are very proud to have honoured Dylan’s legacy by making a significant impact during that time.
DT38 has reached hundreds of thousands of men and boys across the UK, Australia and further afield to share messages about the importance of testicular health, self checking and the risks posed by testicular cancer.
It is the most common form of cancer among males aged 15-35.
Nearly every day we have reached out to people across the globe to share vital information, we have visited schools and given presentations at work places.
On many occasions we have arranged free testicular cancer screening sessions in both the UK and down under, offering men and boys important health updates and/or peace of mind.
We are very pleased to have entered collaborations with like-minded organisations to pool resources and reach out to even more people than we would have done alone.
In 2020 we launched Check 1-Two, a fresh campaign to encourage people to get to know their testicles and check for any changes on the first day of every month.
This campaign has been supported by many high profile people from the world of football who have made video clips to promote the initiative.
Owing to the fantastically positive impact Dylan had in his life – which was cut tragically short with passing at the age of 20 – both on and off the soccer pitch, we have benefitted from a huge amount of support across the world of football.
From day one we have enjoyed the support of West Ham United and are a Principal Charity Partner of the Club.
We’re also very proud of the support we receive as a partner of Perth Glory FC and our collaborations with Football West, The Socceroos and Professional Footballers Australia.
We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from each of these organisations and from the many others with which we work.
We cannot name each and everyone here, but please know that we’re extremely grateful for everything that you do.
In addition to providing free ultrasound scans for testicular cancer to so many people over the past eight years, we have also been in direct contact with many men who have wanted to share their own testicular cancer stories with us.
Some of these men wanted to show their gratitude to DT38 because our awareness work through Dylan’s inspiring story meant they caught the disease early and were afforded effective treatment.
Others got in touch to thank us for shining a light on the risks of testicular cancer, having themselves fought the disease. They pledged to support DT38 going forward to generously play their part in helping others.
Of course there are many people who freely give their time and determination to support DT38, it is these people who have made our charity such a success.
Many of these are involved with our charity in an official capacity, as officers, committee members, trustees, patrons and ambassadors, others help us informally, on specific events or initiatives.
To everyone who has given such generous support to us, with their time, determination, contacts and resources, we want to say a huge thank you!
As we move into our 9th year everyone at DT38 is more committed than ever to raising awareness of testicular cancer by educating men, women and boys about the risks of the disease, how to catch it and what to do about it it.
Simply put, check yourselves once a month, know the symptoms you’re looking for and make sure you contact your GP and insist on an ultrasound scan if you notice anything down under which matches the recognised symptoms.
DT38 Ambassador Player Watch
We’re so proud to have so many wonderful professional footballers amongst our DT38 team
And it’s proving to be a sensational season for some of them.
Down Under we see Scott Jamieson’s Melbourne City FC leading the way in the A-League!
In the UK midfielder Josh Cullen is enjoying his first season at new club Burnley FC who are top of The Championship and are odds on to rise to the Premier League once again.
Also in that division defender Dan Potts has been helping Luton FC enjoy a cracking season as they continue to push for a place in the promotion playoffs.
Leyton Orient FC are running away with the League Two title and DT38 duo George Moncur and Kieran Sadlier are playing a big part in that.
Meanwhile in the National League AFC Wrexham, owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney – are pushing for promotion to the EFL with Elliot Lee proudly wearing number 38 for the team in midfield!
Amazing stuff guys, what a season!
New DT38 Ambassadors
This month we offered a very warm welcome to four new fantastic DT38 Ambassadors.
Billericay Town FC kitman Terry Hayes joined our team and will help us raise awareness of testicular cancer at the non-league club and beyond.
We also appointed playwright and actor Paul Bridger as an Ambassador.
Paul is based in Kent and will help us spread the word across the county.
Freddie Cornwell also joined us as a DT38 Youth Ambassador and he’s already hit the ground running by educating people in his school about DT38 and the disease.
And Twitch streamer and gaming fanatic Ben Martin, a.k.a Rennie Flem, will raise awareness across his online platforms for DT38 and testicular cancer.
We’re delighted to welcome you all into the DT38 team!
Hey, Listen to This! New Guests Lined Up for DT38 Podcast
Melbourne City FC skipper Scott Jamieson has been lined up as a guest on DT38’s podcast “On The Ball”.
“Jamo” is the latest big name to sign up for a chat and DT38 Patron Daniel Garb is also inked in to feature in a future episode.
Aussie football legend Mile Jedinak, TV commentator giant Martin Tyler, and football and Jungle icon Harry Redknapp have already made appearances in past episodes.
To find out more about our On The Ball podcast – hosted by DT38 Ambassador Rhys Ryan – check out this article
Alan Curbishley Encourages Lads to Check Themselves Once a Month
Former West Ham United player and manager Alan Curbishley has stepped forward to help DT38 raise awareness about the importance of self checking once a month.
“Curbs”, as he’s affectionately known, took part in a new video to encourage men and boys to check their testicles on the first day of every month.
The short film was the latest installment of DT38’s Check 1-Two Campaign, which launched in 2020.
Self checking is so important because early detection of any symptoms of testicular cancer can dramatically increase your chances of surviving the disease.
Did you know? Self-checking is simple, you can do it in bed, in the shower, on the couch or anywhere private, and it could save your life!
Curbs is the latest in a large party of famous faces to support our campaign.
Keep an eye out for who’s going to make an appearance on March 1st.
Watch Alan’s video here: https://youtube.com/shorts/gaMHwrwRq4E?feature=share
Become a DT38 Ambassador
Would you like to become an Ambassador of DT38 alongside the likes of Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Sam Kerr & Carlton Cole?
A whole host of top folks from the world of football and beyond have been offering their time and support to DT38 for years and now we’re offering prestigious Ambassador roles to the open world for the first time.
If you think you can support DT38 and our work raising awareness of testicular cancer, check out our registration page where you’ll find out more information and how you can get involved.
If you become a DT38 you’ll be added to the Ambassadors page on our UK and Australia websites alongside many superstars from the world of football and beyond and just think how good it could look on your CV!
We’ll also send you a merchandise pack of goodies to help you spread the word!
Find out more and register here: https://dt38.co.uk/volunteers
Recycle Your Empty Cartons in WA and Help DT38 (and the Planet)
It is now SO EASY to support DT38 when you recycle your food and household cartons in Western Australia.
We are a nominated charity to benefit from Containers For Change and with the launch of the new “mobile pass” it is easier than ever to help us and the planet at the same time!
There are three simple steps to help the environment and our charity through this initiative.
1. Collect eligible containers
Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible.
2.Take them to a refund point
There are different types of refund points across Western Australia, so find the right one for you.
3. Earn a refund or donate
You’ll receive 10 cents for every eligible container you return which you can keep or DONATE.
We benefit from cartons you deposit at Containers For Change drop off points in WA and with the new mobile pass you can register your deposits to DT38 and download our scheme ID to your mobile wallet so it’s there every time you need it.
To access the DT38 Mobile Pass: https://www.pass2u.net/d/hhcpL4hpCPpt?t=qr_code&openExternalBrowser=1
For more information Containers For Change pay them a virtual visit https://www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/
Help keep men & boys safe & win a pack of DT38 goodies!
This is your chance to snaffle a box of fantastic DT38 merchandise and help raise awareness of the risks of testicular cancer at the same time.
For a chance of winning a pack of goodies including a DT38 book, tee-shirt & hoodie, all you need to do is send us a video of you/friends/family spreading the message “Check Yourselves Down Under on the 1st of Every Month with DT38” and if we share yours on the 1st of the month on our social media channels, you’ll win the prize!
What are you waiting for? Time to get creative and send us in your videos via facebook, Twitter or to email@example.com
Many Happy Returns
A splendid six birthdays were celebrated in February across our wonderful DT38 team.
On February 4th our brilliant DT38 Director in Australia Claire Meredith celebrated her big day and three days later (February 7th) DT38 Ambassador and Talksport presenter Ian “Moose” Abrahams turned 54.
Goalkeeper Ben Kennedy was 36 on February 14th, while Perth Glory defender Jack Clisby was 31 on February 16th. Both are DT38 Ambassadors.
Our fabulous co-founder Taylor Tombides was 27 on February 21st.
Finally former West Ham United coach Nick Haycock, a DT38 Ambassador marked his birthday on February 28th.
Many Happy Returns one and all!
Picture of the Month
We love seeing the photos you share with your DT38 gear, keep ‘em coming!
Each month we have the tricky task of picking just one “Picture of the Month”, just for the fun of it!
This month the glory goes to the folks at the Australian Table Football Association who posted this wonderful snap from the 2023 Australian Grand Prix of Subbuteo Table Football, featuring the BEST TABLE EVER MADE!
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 March.
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