DT38 Newsletter – “Channel38” – March 2023

Welcome to the DT38 March 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 opportunity 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!

Dylan Tombides’ 29th Birthday

Our beloved Dylan Tombides’ 29th birthday would have been on March 8th.

We were extremely moved by the many beautiful messages of love and support we received to remember the man who is the inspiration for our charity.

On behalf of the Tombides family and everyone at DT38 we want to say a massive thank you.

Rest In Peace Dylan Tombides 08.03.94-18.04.2014

DT38 Awareness Day 2023

Huge gratitude to everyone at West Ham United FC who hosted an amazing DT38 Awareness Day in March.

DT38 is a Principal Charity Partner of the Club and they dedicated the Premier League match with Aston Villa FC on March 12 to help raise awareness of testicular cancer.

Mother of Dylan Tombides, Tracy, who launched DT38 in 2015 with the support of the Club was interviewed pitch-side before the match alongside Hammers icon Kevin Keen.

Kevin was first team coach when Dylan was on the bench for the final game of the 2011 season v Sunderland and had watched Dylan rise through the ranks at the WHUFC Academy and shared great memories of their time together.

A very special film – created by the technical wizards from the Hammers media team – played on the big screens to the sell-out crowd at London Stadium.

Time stood still on the 38th minute of the match when a moving minute of applause swept through the stadium.

Huge thanks, as always, to all Hammers for your support and also to all Villa fans for the wonderful show of respect you gave on the day.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The match day programme featured a special two-page spread dedicated to DT38 and include an important visual guide on how to self check your testicles.

Leading up to the match the West Ham United first team squad wore DT38 t-shirts and posed for pictures to raise awareness.

Once again we would like to offer our biggest thanks to everyone at West Ham United FC for your dedicated support for our charity.

Annual Match at Perth Glory FC for DT38

DT38 is to be centre of attention at the A League fixture Perth Glory FC v Western United FC on April 29th.

It will be the annual awareness game with our partner club Glory and there will be plenty in place to pay tribute to Dylan and to raise awareness for DT38.

There will be a minute’s applause to remember Dylan on minute 38 and a special coin toss amongst a host of activities.

If you would like to come along to the match, at HBF Park, you can book tickets here:

We cannot wait for this. One Glory!

Carlton Cole Visits Perth to Launch Hammers Match v Perth Glory in July

West Ham United FC icon and DT38 Ambassador Carlton Cole headed down under this month to launch a special summer fixture for both of DT38’s top league partner clubs.

On July 15th the Hammers will play Perth Glory FC at Optus Stadium as part of their pre-season tour.

And former Irons striker Carlton met up with members of Dylan Tombides’ family and officials from DT38 and Perth Glory to announce the big game.

He was joined at the event – which took place near Dylan’s statue outside HBF Park – by Glory defender and fellow DT38 Ambassador Jack Clisby.

Dylan’s Dad Jim Tombides was among the party, he made special tributes at his son’s memorial place.  He was joined by DT38 Directors John Bondi, Karen Bondi, Claire Meredith and Media and Operations guru Donna Giuffre and youth Ambassador Lee Bondi, Dylan’s cousin.

DT38 will be present at the match and tickets MAY still be available here:

We were thrilled to also make the 7NEWS TV show on the day.

New DT38 Ambassadors

We gave a wonderful welcome to two new brilliant DT38 Ambassadors in one this month.

Russ and Anton are from the news website and YouTube fan channel West Ham Network.

The duo will use their video platform – which has 15.1 thousand followers and their social media channels to raise awareness of DT38 and testicular cancer.

It’s so great to have you onboard the DT38 team!

DT38 Podcast “On The Ball” – NEW Episode Has Dropped

DT38 Ambassador and footballer Giancarlo Gallifuoco is a special guest on the latest edition of our brilliant new podcast – and it’s a “must listen”.

In the chat, Giancarlo – who became a great friend of Dylan – describes the kindness Dylan showed towards him on their first meeting and the impact that had on his life.

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 get this episode and to find out more about our On The Ball podcast – hosted by DT38 Ambassador Rhys Ryan – check out this article

Zac Willams Makes Appeal for Males to Check Themselves Once a Month

We are delighted that Australian Rules Football star Zac Williams has joined our campaign to raise awareness about the importance of self checking once a month.

Zac – who plays for Carlton Football Club in the AFL – made a video this month 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!

Zac is the latest in a very large group of famous faces to support our campaign.

Keep an eye out for who’s going to make an appearance on April 1st.

Watch Zac’s video here:

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:

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:

For more information Containers For Change pay them a virtual visit

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

Many Happy Returns

A super six birthdays were celebrated in March across our wonderful DT38 family.

Kicking off was the birthday of MacArthur FC midfielder and DT38 Ambassador Danny De Silva on March 6th, he turned 26.

Two days later the inspiration for our charity Dylan Tombides would have celebrated this 29th birthday.

Mumbai City FC player Rostyn Griffiths was 35 on March 10th and the next day his fellow DT38 Ambassador and Sky Sports TV presenter Bianca Westwood turned 51.

Crystal Palace centre back and DT38 Ambassador James Tomkins was 34 on March 29th and 24 hours later (March 30th) DT38 Australia Committee Member Ben Meredith celebrated this big day.

Many Happy Returns one and all!

Picture of the Month

We just love it when you share photos with your DT38 gear, please keep ‘em coming!

Every month we have the impossible job of choosing just one for our “Picture of the Month”, just for fun!

We’re so proud of the DT38 team that this month we’ve chosen this wonderful image of some our guys in Australia who were pictured at Dylan’s memorial statue outside HBF Park at an event to launch West Ham United’s visit to Perth Glory FC in July.

Just beautiful!

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 April.

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