|Since 2009, the Blues and the Pies have battled it out for the Richard Pratt Cup to raise awareness of the incidences of prostate cancer in Aussie men. The match is played in memory of former Carlton president, Richard Pratt, who passed away from the disease.
All monies raised through the Richard Pratt Cup will go to the Richard Pratt Fellowships in Prostate Cancer. You can make a contribution by donating at the match or donating online here.
About the Richard Pratt Cup
On Friday 1 May the Blues and Pies will battle it out for the Richard Pratt Cup to raise awareness of the incidences of prostate cancer in Aussie men and to honour the memory of former Carlton president, Richard Pratt, who passed away from the disease.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian males with one in nine men developing it in their lifetime.
32 special seconds
Before the big game a special 32 second applause will be taking place to demonstrate the football community’s support for the 32 Australian men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer each day. It’s a special moment that kicks off a very special night.
A visit that could save your life
It is imperative that all men, particularly those over the age of 50, speak to their GP about prostate cancer. Regular check-ups are the best and only defence against prostate cancer.
Fans are also encouraged to donate to the Richard Pratt Fellowships in Prostate Cancer Research Foundation… Research into treatment and prevention is our best hope of reducing the rate of prostate cancer deaths.
“My dad was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is having surgery 4 days after this match, so it means a lot to be able to come along and support the blues to raise awareness for prostate cancer.” - Ellen
“Having lost a family member to prostate cancer, it was a massive privilege to be able to stand on the MCG and honour his memory.” – Carla
“My grandfather passed away suddenly from prostate cancer. He was a huge Carlton fan which is the reason I have been a member for 17 years now. There is no greater honour than to be at the ground during this Richard Pratt Cup to support all prostate cancer victims, particularly my grandfather and the late great Richard Pratt. Both men responsible for my love of the Blues, and bringing us back from the brink!” - Nathan
Prostate Cancer - What You Need To Know
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men and is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in Australian men.
- More than 17,400 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year in Australia.
- This means one in nine men in Australia will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- Tragically, each year in Australia, close to 3,300 men die of prostate cancer - equal to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually.
- Men in rural and regional Australia have a 21 per cent higher prostate cancer mortality rate than men in capital cities.
- Top to 10 per cent of prostate cancer cases have a genetically inherited component.
- Prostate cancer can be symptomless.
About the Richard Pratt Fellowships in Prostate Cancer
The Richard Pratt Fellowship in Prostate Cancer was established in 2011 in honour of the late Richard Pratt who suffered from the disease.
The foundation provides an annual fellowship to researchers aiming to identify significantly improved treatment for sufferers of Prostate Cancer.
Each year the foundation will commit $100,000 to an individual applicant who is conducting translational research in Prostate Cancer. A fellowship will typically last for a year, but there is potential this could be extended over a longer period should an outstanding application be received.
The Richard Pratt Fellowships in Prostate Cancer will advertise the availability of fellowships and the Victorian Cancer Agency will assess the application and make recommendations to the trustees of the foundation.