Swans go purple for Pancare Round

The Tamworth Swans will swap out the red and white socks for purple this weekend as they raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.

The Pancare Foundation are a leading charity committed to inspiring hope, raising awareness, supporting families and funding research for upper gastrointestinal cancers.

The foundation was an easy choice for the Swans, with it being close to the heart of their members.

“When my Gran got diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, the Pancare Foundation were a source of relevant information and although it didn’t take the pain away, we were reassured that we weren’t alone” recalls Swans player Bianca Hughes.

It will be a special weekend for Hughes with her family from Mudgee travelling to be with her on the day.

Fellow women’s teammate Naomi Burke became aware of the foundation after her Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, losing him only a short, few weeks later.

“Having the round 14 game devoted to an important cause, raising awareness and creating a safe space for people to feel comfortable talking about the effects of cancer is something that I’m so passionate about” says Burke.

Burke praised the Swans for the support of the day.

“Raising awareness for something that changed your life for the negative isn’t easy. One thing that made it somewhat bearable was the uplifting spirit of the Swans”.

Donations will be taken over the day with merchandise available, as well as the profits from a sausage sizzle and 100 club, all going to the cause.

On the field will see three cracking games at number 1 oval, with senior men, women and U14s taking on the New England Nomads.

The women’s side are both 1 apiece from their previous match-ups, with the Swans looking to keep their 3rd place position coming into finals.

The Swan’s senior men’s side will look for redemption after two weeks of narrow defeats from the Gunnedah Bulldogs and Inverell Saints.

The fundraising will continue after the game with the Swan’s major sponsor, The Post Office Hotel Tamworth, handing the reins over to the players for a bar takeover.

9 Swans players will switch sides of the bar, with $1 from every drink served going to the foundation and patrons encouraged to dress in purple.

Online donations can be made here.