World champions and Rio favourites donate calendar proceeds to charity
The Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens squad, and recent HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series winners, will present a cheque of over $12,700 to Cancer Council NSW on Monday 27 June at their home training ground in North Narrabeen.
The money was raised through a calendar that player Ellia Green convinced her team mates to model in after her mother Yolanta was diagnosed with cancer, and will go towards Cancer Council NSW’s cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs.
Green credits her mother and wanting to help other families affected by cancer as inspiration for organising the calendar.
“This calendar means a lot to me after my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and again with lung cancer last year.
“Cancer affects everyone, not just the patient, and that’s why I am happy to be involved and work closely with Cancer Council NSW to ensure that the money goes where it’s needed most.”
Green and her team took out the HSBC Sevens World Series title in Clermont, France, last month, giving Australia its first World Series title – men or women – since the competition’s inception.
The series is part of the build-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where Rugby Sevens will feature for the first time.
Australian Women’s Sevens coach Tim Walsh says the team’s commitment to the game and Cancer Council NSW is a testament to how hard they have worked to increase the profile of women’s rugby and make a difference for people with cancer.
“Years of hard work culminated in a well-deserved World Series win. All focus now shifts to Rio, where we look to maintain momentum to ensure our best result.
“This tight-knit group supports each other on and off the field, and I am proud that they take the time to support others in need.”
Cancer Council NSW CEO Jim L’Estrange says the support of the community is vital to Cancer Council NSW’s mission of beating cancer.
“We are so proud to be working with Ellia and the Australian Women’s Sevens team. They are full-time professional athletes and are competing on a world stage not only with their incredible World Series win last month but right through to August when the Rio Olympics commence.
“They very clearly show that they are never too busy to make a difference and we thank them for their ongoing support of Cancer Council NSW and will be backing them one hundred per cent of the way in Rio.”