Date: 25th March 2014

The Stawell Athletic Club is proud to announce Cancer Council Victoria as the official charity of the 2014 Australia Post Stawell Gift.

This is the first time in the history of the 133-year prestigious athletic event that a specific charity has been named as part of the Australia Post Stawell Gift.

The announcement means Cancer Council Victoria can raise vital funds for research and support services, whilst also increasing awareness of cancer, its impact on the community and the work of the charity.

Stawell Athletic Club president Jeremy Irvine said it was great for the event to be supporting such a worthwhile charity.

“Over the years many members of the club and wider community have been affected by cancer in some capacity,” Mr Irvine said.

“Cancer Council Victoria does a wonderful job in providing support for people with cancer, as well as educating the community about early prevention, and researching cures.

“We hope this partnering will help raise cancer awareness in the local community and for the thousands of spectators and athletes that attend the Australia Post Stawell Gift each year.”

Cancer Council Victoria will be at the 2014 Australia Post Stawell Gift with a sunscreen station, Sid the Seagull mascot on Family Day, and a Big Wheel that will give spectators the chance to win a prize valued at $100,000 when one lucky person spins it on Easter Monday.

Deborah Stringer, Cancer Council Victoria Head of Fundraising & Communication Division, said the organisation was honoured to be named as official charity of an event that encouraged people to get active, whilst also being sun smart.

“We know that one third of cancers can be prevented through simple lifestyle changes, such as exercise and using sun protection.

“Every year, almost 30,000 Victorians are diagnosed with cancer, and 11,000 die from the disease. Funds raised at the 2014 Australia Post Stawell Gift will help us in our ongoing fight against cancer through our critical research, prevention and support services.”

To enter the Big Wheel competition simply visit the Cancer Council Victoria stand at Central Park over the Easter weekend and support the charity through purchasing some merchandise or making a donation.

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