THE CARLTON Football Club is incredibly proud to today announce that the #DoingItForDoc campaign has raised $201,671 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.
What started as a goal amongst the playing group to raise $5,000 in support of their captain and great mate Sam Docherty, quickly began a phenomenal wave of goodwill from Bluebaggers right across the country and the entire football community.
The fundraising total surpassed the $200,000 mark in recent days, courtesy of a $2,000 donation from the Club’s charity, the Blues Foundation.
Every single one of Docherty’s teammates shaved their heads for the cause, as did thousands of others, all to raise vital funds that will help enable life-saving cancer research and give new hope to all people affected by cancer.
Docherty has just completed his chemotherapy treatment, following the return of testicular cancer, which was revealed in August.
The 28-year-old expressed his heartfelt gratitude to everyone who donated and showed their support.
“It is hard to put into words just how much the support has meant to me and my family,” Docherty said.
“This has certainly been a challenging time but to see all the photos and videos flooding through of people shaving their heads and being so generous with their donations, I really can’t thank everyone enough – my teammates, the staff, all our members and supporters and the footy industry as a whole have been amazing.
“Peter Mac is an incredible organisation, who do so much every day to help people, and we really hope the money we have raised can go towards helping them and the heroic work they put into cancer research.”
Fellow co-captain Patrick Cripps, who kick started the #DoingItForDoc campaign on his own social media channels, said he was proud of what the Club and football community had achieved.
“We started this to show our mate Doc we are supporting him every step of the way through what he is facing – the amount of money that has been raised is beyond what any of us expected,” Cripps said.
“Football clubs are special places for many reasons and this is no better example of that. The way the playing group, the staff, our members, supporters and wider footy community shaved their heads or donated money to support Doc and the Peter Mac Foundation really does show how powerful it can be when the football industry comes together.
“Our support for Doc will continue every single day and we really hope the money raised can go towards making a difference in helping all those affected by cancer.”