Welcome to the DT38 September 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.
Support for Dylan ‘Breaks The Internet’
Huge thanks to the thousands of people who paid tribute to Dylan Tombides on September 25th, 2020, eight years to the day since his West Ham United first team debut.
We were completely overwhelmed by the support for us on the day and the huge amount of love and respect for Dylan who passed away after a battle with testicular cancer on April 18th, 2014 at the age of 20.
DT38 Ambassador and sports journalist David Davutovic previewed the anniversary with this beautiful article for Optus Sporthttps://sport.optus.com.au/articles/os12631/remember-dylan-tombides
We were also extremely grateful for the continued support of West Ham United who marked the day through their social media and this article penned by DT38 Ambassador Rob Pritchard https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2020/september/25-september/night-dylan-tombides-dream-became-reality
And then there were the thousands of you who got in touch to pay tribute. Thank you to each and every one of you.
Containers For Change Down Under
We are thrilled to be a nominated charity to benefit from the Containers For Change recycling initiative in Western Australia.
There are three simple steps to help the environment and our charity through this initiative.
1. Collect eligible containers
Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible.
2.Take them to a refund point
There are different types of refund points across Western Australia, so find the right one for you.
3. Earn a refund or donate
You’ll receive 10 cents for every eligible container you return which you can keep or DONATE.
It really is that simple to build up your recycling and help DT38 and the planet at the same time!
For more information pay them a virtual visit https://www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/
Congrats Rizzo & Ebony!
We were thrilled to hear the joyous news that DT38 Ambassador Josh Risdon and his wife Ebony are expecting a baby!
Gorgeous Ebony is due to give birth in March 2021 and we can’t wait to toast the new arrival!
We would also like to say huge congratulations to Dylan’s Auntie Kelly who tied the knot with Jack Horner on September 18th!
We Are West Ham Podcast Fundraises at the Bookies!
Thank you to podcast presenter James Jones who has picked DT38 as his chosen charity for a special season-long fundraising initiative.
In association with Betway, James and his two colleagues at the We Are West Ham podcast will place a £50 bet each week on a West Ham game with any profits raised from their winning punts going to their nominated charities.
James will also be raising awareness of DT38 and the importance of self-checking through the podcast.
Thank you for your support James!
Hammers Legend Spreads the Word
As part of our Check 1-2 Campaign, we were so pleased to share a video from West Ham legend and DT38 Ambassador Tony Cottee earlier this month, who recorded a special message to encourage men and boys to check their testicles on the first of every month.
Hear hear TC!
Many Happy Returns
A fab five birthdays were celebrated among DT38 team across September.
On September 3rd LA Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget was 28 years old and two days later former Perth Wildcats basketball pro Damian Martin turned 36.
Matilda’s skipper and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr was 27 on September 10th.
All three are DT38 Ambassadors.
On September 21st DT38 Committee Member Kelly Todd also celebrated her big day and on 28th former Perth Glory footballer and DT38 Ambassador Steven McGarry was 41.
Many Happy Returns one and all!
Picture of the Month
We receive plenty of fantastic pictures every month from people across the world 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 chosen high-flying DT38 supporter Alex Naylor! While soaring in the skies above Sydney, Alex grabbed his opportunity to raise awareness for our charity by donning his DT38 cap and sharing this brilliant cockpit pic on Instagram. Awesome!
Thanks for sharing and for your support Alex.
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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