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DT38 Newsletter ‘Channel 38’ – August 2020

Welcome to the DT38 August newsletter, Channel38.

This is where we bring together all the very latest developments, events and support stories at DT38.

It’s also a chance for us to share important information about the work we do to raise awareness of testicular cancer around schools and in communities as well as publicly offering our thanks to the many people who support us in our endeavours.

Podcast Fundraising For DT38

We are very proud to have been selected as an official charity for the #sokkahaid event this month.

Joining forces for the event, Australian podcasts including The Round Ball Project, The Sokkah Podcast, The Ladies League, More Than A Game and In the Box #sokkahaid will live stream on August 28th to shine a light on three charities which operate in the world of football including DT38.

Joining the initiative – dubbed “The Football Community Helping Football Communities” – DT38 Patron Daniel Garb and Ambassador Simon Hill will be on air to share insights into football and our work raising awareness of testicular cancer in memory of Dylan Tombides.

To support the cause clothing company Strip Tees will donate proceeds from all sales to the charities https://www.striptees.com.au

The live stream will take place on August 28th at 7pm (UTC+10) and August 29th at 7pm (UTC+10).

To make a donation visit the dedicated gofundme page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/sokkahaid?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet

Fuller’s FIFA Fundraiser

Fresh from the success of super supporter of DT38 James Fuller’s Wembley Cup tournament, the Hammers fan has now launched a Playstation 4 FIFA 2020 competition to raise funds for our charity.

Here’s what James told us about his exciting initiative.

“It will be £10 entry with a total prize money of £60 going to the winner. It will be a knock-out style tournament with a minimum of 16 teams and a maximum of 32 teams. Each game will be played over 2 legs up until the final which will be a one-off match. Once all entries have been submitted I will conduct the draw. I will start a WhatsApp group so that matches can be arranged directly with players. Please note: You will only officially be entered into the tournament once your £10 entry fee has been paid through PayPal.

Here is the link is https://www.paypal.me/WembleyDt38 . Please feel free to pass this onto friends and share as much as you can, everyone is welcome!” 

If you’re interest in taking part please contact us tracylee@dt38.co.uk and we’ll pass this onto James.

“Where There’s a Will There’s a Way!”

Huge congratulations to West Ham United Academy footballer Will Greenidge on winning the Dylan Tombides Award 2020.

Defender Will picked up his award from Dylan’s brother and DT38 Co-Founder Taylor Tombides earlier this month to recognise an outstanding season with the Hammers under-18s.

The 18th year old is the seventh player to have received the award, which was launched in 2014 to reward the most promising Academy player at the club, in memory of Dylan.

Previous winners are Josh Cullen, Reece Oxford, Declan Rice, Domingos Quina, Conor Coventry and Ajibola Alese.

Muscat Urges Men to Check Themselves


As part of our Check 1-2 Campaign, we were delighted to share a video from new DT38 Ambassador Kevin Muscat earlier this month encouraging men and boys to check their testicles on the first of every month.

The former Melbourne Victory and Wolverhampton Wanderers defender, known for his robust style of play, said:” Together we can change the stigma associated with men’s health issues, in particular testicular cancer.”

Well said Kevin!

Help keep men & boys safe & win a pack of DT38 goodies! 

This is your chance to snaffle a box of fantastic DT38 merchandise and help raise awareness of the risks of testicular cancer at the same time.

For a chance of winning a pack of goodies including a DT38 book, tee-shirt & hoodie, all you need to do is send us a video of you/friends/family spreading the message “Check Yourselves Down Under on the 1st of Every Month with DT38” and if we share yours on the 1st of the month on our social media channels, you’ll win the prize!

What are you waiting for? Time to get creative and send us in your videos via facebook, Twitter or to tracylee@dt38.co.uk

Our Work to Get Through Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Like many other charities DT38 relies entirely upon donations and fundraising events to carry out our work of protecting men and boys by raising awareness of the risks of testicular cancer.

Because of this terrible Covid-19 crisis, which is tragically taking the lives of loved ones and affecting the lives and livelihoods of so many people, we have experienced the cancellation of ALL fundraising events across the Summer of 2020.

This has left us in a difficult position financially in the year we marked our fifth anniversary.

As a response we launched the 3.80 Funding Appeal.

3.80 Funding Appeal 

On April 18th – six years to the day since we said goodbye to our beloved Dylan Tombides – we launched the 3.80 Funding Appeal following a tough period for our charity caused by Covid-19.

For the past five years we have continued to support men and boys in the UK, Australia and elsewhere through educating them to protect themselves by checking for testicular cancer on the first of every month.

It is more important than ever, during the Coronavirus outbreak, that males take notice of our campaign because our health services are so drastically stretched because of this terrible virus.

Whilst we continue to work tirelessly to share this message to as many people as possible, as a charity we are entirely reliant upon fundraising and donations and we have sadly experienced a dramatic fall in income dramatically because of the pandemic.

We have been forced to cancel several exciting fundraising events including Golf Days in the UK and Australia, a quiz night and several race events and, understandably, many people have turned their attentions elsewhere during this very difficult time.

We fully appreciate the future is uncertain for many people right now, as it is for DT38 and we are looking for support in the hope that we can mark our 6th anniversary in 2021 and far beyond.

We rely upon income to continue to share information about the risks of testicular cancer, the most common type of cancer among young men.

April 18th, 2020, marked the sixth anniversary of the passing of our inspiration, Dylan Tombides, who lost his battle with testicular cancer at the age of just 20.

Through the 3.80 Funding Appeal, we are asking if you can help DT38 and men and boys everywhere by making a donation of £3.80 (UK) or $3.80 (AUS) in support of our work this year. We would also be very grateful for donations from anywhere else in the world.

DT38 has continued to thrive over the past five years because of the wonderfully generous and kind hearted support of so many people and we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of you.

You can donate now here:

UK & Rest of World: https://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/dt38fundingappeal

Australia https://dt38.giveeasy.org/380-funding-appeal

Support DT38 at our Online Shop

Of course the Coronavirus has had a significant impact upon everyone.

A large part of DT38’s fundraising comes from events we run throughout the year, as well as from individuals, companies and organisations who undertake fundraising initiatives to support our campaign to raise awareness of testicular cancer.

But we, like many others, have sadly been affected by the postponement of cancellation of many events and fundraising opportunities across 2020.

The funds we receive are vital to support our ongoing work to help save the lives of men and boys through education and self-checking campaigns.

If you would like to continue supporting DT38 we do still accept direct donations via our website, you can donate towards our 3.80 Funding Appeal or you could make a purchase through our online store here: https://dt38foundation.myshopify.com

Thank you so much for any support you can give.

Many Happy Returns

A super six birthdays took place in July for the DT38 team.

On August 3rd DT38 Patron and Socceroo’s legend Mile Jedinak turned 36 and on August 8th Perth Glory keeper and DT38 Ambassador Liam Reddy was 39.

West Ham favourite and Aussie national treasure Stan Lazaridis was 48 on August 16th and two days later close friend of Dylan Tombides and Luton Town midfielder George Moncur celebrated his 27th birthday. Both are DT38 Ambassadors.

Irish footballer and DT38 Ambassador Sam Bone, who himself fought testicular cancer, was 22 years old on August 24th and four days later DT38 Committee Member Jason Bondi marked his big day.

Many Happy Returns one and all!

Picture of the Month

We receive loads of amazing snaps each month from folks across the globe showing their support for DT38 and just for fun (no prizes), we choose one image as our “Picture of the Month”.

So this month we’ve gone for Derek Borino who sent in this top piccie of his sporting this DT38 trucker hat. Del Boy, as he called himself on Twitter is a Luton Town fan and so he’s probably delighted that Hatters players Elliot Lee, Dan Potts and George Moncur are all Ambassadors of DT38. 

Thanks for sharing and for your support Del Boy!

Sharing the Love 

We are so grateful to more than 35,000 people who follow and support us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Every month we receive so many shares, Retweets, likes and tags and we’re so grateful for each and every one of them, thank you.

And that brings to end this edition but we’ll be back with the next edition of Channel38 in September.

If you have helped DT38 in some way in recent times, please be sure to let us know so we can include it in one of our future newsletters. Contact tracylee@dt38.co.uk or connect with us on Twitter Facebook or Instagram