Melbourne Storm fans will take part in Victoria’s largest Candlelight Ceremony as a giant symbol of hope at the Tackle Cancer match in Round 25 against North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday 29 August at AAMI Park.
It’s the second year that Melbourne Storm has partnered with Cancer Council Victoria to raise funds and awareness about the impact cancer has on the community.
The fixture will be a crucial match-up only two weeks out from the start of the Finals series. The game is also Storm’s last home match of the season and, as is tradition, will have a significant focus on farewelling the Club’s departing players.
The match is expected to be the Club’s highest home crowd of the season with representative players across the field on both sides. It is the first time Johnathan Thurston and his Cowboys outfit have played in Melbourne since 2012.
The Candlelight Ceremony is an important and moving part of Cancer Council Victoria’s Relay For Life events that helps to honour and remember loved ones affected by cancer.
Fans will be asked to take part in the ceremony prior to the match, with a minute silence to be observed as a mark of remembrance.
Relay For Life teams are being offered the chance to use the game as a fundraising drive for Cancer Council Victoria with a donation to be made from each ticket purchased to the match ($10 donated from adult tickets and $5 from junior tickets).
AAMI Park has also thrown its support for the Tackle Cancer match by donating a $1 to Cancer Council Victoria for every ticket sold.
Melbourne Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said: “We are proud to once again be partnering with Cancer Council Victoria.
“Cancer is a disease that affects many Australians and Storm is proud to play a small role in raising awareness and supporting those who are currently fighting against it.
“I’d like to encourage our members and fans, as well as the Relay For Life teams, to be at AAMI Park for the match and show their support for those going through difficult times.”
Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Melbourne Storm fans to take part in a Candlelight Ceremony. We know from our Relay For Life events that this is a very special moment for participants and one which sends a powerful message of hope.”
The day prior to the match is Daffodil Day and fans at the game will still be able to purchase a pin and show their support. Money raised from the sale of the pins will go Cancer Council Victoria’s work in research, prevention and support.
Storm’s remaining home game
Storm v North Queensland, Cowboys Saturday 29 August, 7.30pm - BUY TICKETS