DT38 Newsletter – “Channel38” – September 2023

Welcome to the DT38 September 2023 newsletter, Channel38.

It’s been another busy month for us at DT38 and we’re delighted to share some of the very latest developments, events and stories involving our charity.

It’s also a chance for us to pass on vital information about the work we do to raise awareness of testicular cancer 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’s West Ham United FC Debut – 11 Years

Dylan Tombides Making His West Ham United FC First Team Debut in 2012

The eleventh anniversary of our beloved Dylan Tombides’ first team debut for West Ham United FC was marked on September 25th.

Getting the go ahead to warm up by DT38 Ambassador Sam Allardyce – Hammers boss at that time – remains a treasured memory for the Tombides family and all involved with DT38.

The League Cup match versus Wigan Athletic FC (then a Premier League club) 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.

Purely because of his determination and love of the game he continued to train and maintain his fitness which allowed “Big Sam” to give Dylan his first appearance in the tie against The Latics at Upton Park.

The result may have been a 1-4 defeat for the boys in claret and blue, but the moment meant much more than that to so many.

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 – whilst fighting cancer – is an inspirational achievement that will live forever.

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

DT38 Launches E-Calendar – To Encourage Self-Checking

We were super excited to launch the first ever DT38 e-calendar this.

You are now just a few clicks away from getting all the important DT38 dates you need automatically updated onto the calendar of your mobile phone, tablet or PC.

The innovation has primarily been introduced to enable more men and boys to check their testicles once a month, to pick up signs of anything unusual early on.

Here are the top benefits!

  • Includes monthly reminder to check your testicles
  • Automatically adds DT38 events to your mobile device calendar
  • Compatible with Apple, Google, Microsoft & many other digital calendars
  • Easy sign-up & synchronisation
  • Available NOW on the homepage
  • It’s completely FREE

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to subscribe here

“Paolo Di Canio, Paolo Di Canio”

DT38 was delighted to have been an official supporter An Evening with Paolo Di Canio this month.

In a rare treat for fans, the Hammers legend took to the stage at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on September 15th to share a collection of wonderful stories about this time in claret and blue.

The evening was hosted by DT38 Ambassador Tony Cottee.

And our Co-Founder Tracy Tombides was also invited to take the podium alongside organiser Ian Morgan of E13 Events.

Tracy took the microphone to recount the story of her son Dylan and to pass on information about the importance of checking your testicles on the first day of every month.

You can watch Tracy’s big moment here: 

In the past three years E13 Events have helped raise £55,000 for DT38 from three Golf Days and events like this. 

Huge thanks to Ian for the opportunity and for your continued support of DT38.

It was a fantastic night!

Hammers / Perth Tour Match Shirts Raised $9,000 AUD for DT38

Thanks to our friends at West Ham United FC and their shirt sponsor Betway, we were able to auction the match-issued shirts from the club’s tour of Perth in July and we raised $9,000.

This is an awesome (and important) amount of money which we’ll be using to support our work raising awareness of testicular cancer. 

You can read all about it in this fabulous article on the Hammers’ website

Huge thanks to everyone involved!

DT38 x WHUFC Perth Tour 23 Training Shirts On Sale NOW

Owing to many public appeals, these unique shirts are available to buy now.

Your chance to own a Limited Edition TOMBIDES 38 Player-Issued WHUFC Pre-Season Tour Training Tee is here.

This is your opportunity to own a piece of history and we only have a very limited stock available in our online store now.

These garments are not available anywhere else!

Because these WHUFC player issued shirts are in very limited supply, they come at a premium price, but all proceeds from sales will be used to support our work raising awareness of testicular cancer.

Buy here:

Carlton & Kevin Urge Men & Boys to Regularly Check!

DT38 Ambassador Carlton Cole and West Ham United First Team Coach Kevin Nolan joined our Check 1-Two Campaign this month.

We were delighted the famous pair chose Dylan’s memorial statue in Perth as the backdrop for a special video to encourage men and boys to check their tackle on the first day of every month.

This wonderful clip is the latest episode of our Check 1-Two campaign, which urges males to check their testicles.

The film was shared on September 1st and every month on the first day we send out a message from a supporter or celebrity 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 Carlton and Kevin 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 Carlton and Kevin’s video here:

Enter the Boxing Ring for DT38 in November

The search is on for people to take part in Awareness Below The Belt 5, 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 12th.

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

If you’re interested in taking part please email

Buy 2 DT38 Polo Shirts for Just £15

Sound the sale klaxon!

We have a limited sale at the DT38 store that you won’t want to miss.

We are currently offering TWO DT38 polo shirts for just £15.

They’re available in both black and white and the items are sold at £10 each (outside of the promotion).

To take advantage of this outstanding offer visit our shop here

All monies received for the sale of DT38 merchandise are used to support our work raising awareness of testicular cancer.

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, X 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 31 on September 3rd followed two days later by Perth Wildcats basketball legend Damian Martin who turned 39 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 44 on September 28th.

Many Happy Returns one and all!

Picture of the Month

We love it that you share so many amazing pictures with us every month of you promoting DT38 in some way or other, so please keep it going.

Every month, just to be jolly, we give ourselves the really tough task of choosing of our “Picture of the Month”.

This time around we’ve gone for this great snap of DT38 Ambassador Robert Byrne.

This is DT38 Ambassador Robert repping DT38 at London Stadium. He was there for the WHUFC v FK TSC Bačka Topola victory in the Europa League this month.

Great work Robert!

Sharing the Love 

We are so grateful to more than 35,000 people who follow and support us on X, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok 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 issue 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 X Facebook Instagram YouTube and TikTok.