Naked Charity Kit - Limited Edition
Tuesday 2nd March 2010
The Vikings are getting behind a campaign to tackle the problem of men's cancers.
At our next Co-operative Championship match against Halifax on Thursday, March 18 we will be raising funds for men's cancer charity Everyman.
We want as many people to come to the game because we'll be donating a portion of the gate money to Everyman. We think it's worthwhile enough to give them the shirt off our backs.
Vikings chairman Steve O'Connor said: "Nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Unfortunately among men it is still a problem we don't like to talk about. We want our support for Everyman to start the conversation - with men and their wives and girlfriends, and among their friends.
"We want to help raise awareness of the symptoms - and how to get help - and also help to raise money for such an important cause.
"We have chosen the Halifax game because we are expecting a big crowd so we can make a significant donation to Everyman - and also because it will be a great game for everyone to watch."
The charity's mission is to stamp out testicular and prostate cancer by making everyone recognise the tell-tale signs, and understand the importance of treating them. By increasing this awareness Everyman also hopes to raise money to fund its life-saving research.
As a club, we want to help them do this.
Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in young men, mostly between the ages of 15 and 44.
The majority of men with prostate cancer are aged over 60 with more than 35,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Possible risk factors include obesity, high fat consumption and low green vegetable consumption as well as exposure to radioactive substances.
Tickets will be on sale priced from £7 for children and £13 for adults when bought prior to the day of the game and can be bought from the O'Neills shop in Widnes town centre. Matchday tickets will be £2 dearer and will be sold from Stadium Fitness.
Donations can be made prior to the evening by going online to www.justgiving.com/widnesvikings ,or clicking on the EVERYMAN logo when it appears on the rotating partner board at foot of our home page.
The replica shirt will be in stock from Wednesday 10th March but orders can be placed at the O'Neills shop. O'Neills will be making a £5 donation for each replica shirt sold, and the match shirts will be auctioned off after the match.
For more information about the Everyman campaign, go online at http://everyman-campaign.org/