DT38 Newsletter – “Channel38” – September 2022 Edition

Welcome to the DT38 September 2022 newsletter, Channel38.

It’s been another great month for DT38 and we’re excited to share some of the very latest news, events and stories involving our charity.

It’s also a chance 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!

In Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Dylan’s West Ham United FC Debut – 10 Years

September 25th marked the tenth anniversary of our beloved Dylan Tombides making a treasured first team debut for West Ham United FC.

Getting the nod to warm up from the bench by then Hammers manager Sam Allardyce – a DT38 Ambassador – remains a cherished memory for the Tombides family and everyone at DT38.

The League Cup tie in 2012 came more than a year after Dylan had been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Despite dealing with the trauma and treatment of such a devastating disease Dylan was determined to play football come what may.

He continued to train and maintain his fitness which allowed “Big Sam” to give Dylan his first appearance in the match against Wigan Athletic FC.

The result may have been a 1-4 defeat for The Irons, but the moment was much bigger than that.

Dylan tragically lost his battle with testicular cancer on April 18th, 2014, but making his debut for the club which he had grown to love is an achievement that will live forever.

You can read an archived article by West Ham United FC about the night right here:

National Australia Meet 2022 Supporting DT38

Big thanks to everyone who supported the inaugural National Meet Australia on September 16th and 17th, which was partly in support of DT38.

The event was organised by Newcastle United FC fan groups based down under including NUFC Sydney, Aussie Mags,Toon Army Brisbane and Newcastle United Perth Based Supporters.

The weekend in Sydney included a bar-based social session, fun football tournament and viewing of Newcastle United FC v AFC Bournemouth.

Around $3,000 AUD was raised via ticket sales and a special raffle, which will be split equally between DT38 and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Once again, a massive thank you to one and all for choosing DT38 as a beneficiary of this brilliant event.

Noble Move Marks DT38 Ambassador’s Future

We’d like to send big congratulations to DT38 Ambassador Mark Noble who has been appointed Sporting Director at West Ham United FC.

“Nobes”, as he’s affectionately known at the Club, will take up his new duties from January 2023.

The legendary midfielder – who hung up his boots at the end of last season – knew Dylan personally and agreed to become an Ambassador of our charity back in 2015.

As Sporting Director Mark will “work closely in support of manager David Moyes, as well as working with the Board of Directors, providing input, advice, and assistance across all aspects of the football operation. This will include Academy development, player recruitment, and player and staff wellbeing – with a particular focus on ensuring players both progressing through the ranks and new to the Club are nurtured in the West Ham United football philosophy and values”.

Mark Phillips Ran Great North Run for DT38

Huge respect to West Ham United FC Under-18 coach Mark Phillips who took on the famous Great North Run for DT38 on September 11th.

The long-standing Hammers Academy coach completed the world’s best known half marathon and raised £460 for DT38.

All monies raised will be used to support our work raising awareness of testicular cancer to help save men and boy’s lives.

Awesome Mark!

Sir Trevor Brooking Urges Men & Boys to Check Themselves Regularly

When West Ham United FC legend Sir Trevor Brooking speaks, people listen.

This month we were honoured to be able to share a special video message that Sir Trevor filmed just for DT38 to encourage men and boys to check their testicles on the first day of every month.

Sir Trevor kindly made this important clip as the latest installment of our Check 1-Two campaign, which encourages males to check their testicles once a month. 

The film was shared on September 1st and each month on the first day we send out a media message from a supporter or famous face to help spread this vital information.

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!

Early detection is so important when it comes to health issues such as testicular cancer and that’s why we’ll keep reminding you to get checking!

Big thanks to Sir Trevor and to all of the many great folks who’ve joined in our Check 1-Two campaign so far. Keep an eye out for who’s going to make an appearance on October 1st.

Watch Sir Trevor’s video here:

New DT38 Ambassadors Alert

We were thrilled to welcome two new DT38 Ambassadors this month.

A big hello and a very warm welcome to West Ham United Under-18 coach Mark Phillips who is now an official ambassador of DT38.

Also joining our team in September was Dylan’s best pal at school Sam Jones who is also now an Ambassador of our charity.

Sam has supported DT38 from its inception and we’re thrilled to welcome him on board in an official capacity!

Enter the Boxing Ring for DT38 in November

The search is on for people to take part in Awareness Below The Belt 4, our White Collar Boxing event in November.

This spectacular occasion is a fixture in the DT38 calendar and has been a tremendous success in previous years.

We’re looking for people of any gender over the age of 18 who have no boxing experience to take part in a supervised boxing match at London’s prestigious York Hall on November 13th.

Invite friends and family and make a day of it, as you take on the challenge of a lifetime.

For more information check out this fantastic article published by West Ham United FC

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 fabulous four birthdays were celebrated in September across our amazing DT38 team.

Opening up this month was FC Dallas midfielder Sebastian Lletget who was 30 on September 3rd followed two days later by Perth Wildcats basketball legend Damian Martin who turned 38 on September 5th.

Both are DT38 Ambassadors.

On September 21st DT38 Australia Board Member Kelly Todd celebrated her big day and former Perth Glory footballer and DT38 Ambassador Steven McGarry was 43 on September 28th.

Many Happy Returns one and all!

Picture of the Month

We love seeing the large number of brilliant images you share every month promoting DT38 in some way or other, so please keep the it going.

And every month we give ourselves the tough job of picking a “Picture of the Month”, just for fun.

For September we’ve chosen this amazing snap of Dylan’s cousin Maddison Troon with DT38 Ambassador Sam Jones who donned their DT38 trucker caps to quite literally RAISE awareness for our charity while on Mount Snowdon in Wales.

Epic effort guys, thank you!

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 October.

If you have helped DT38 in some way in recent times, please be sure to let us know so we can include it in one of our future newsletters. Contact or connect with us on Twitter Facebook or Instagram.