Eastlake Demons ‘tackling for a cure’ to cancer

Originally published by the Canberra Times 

There is more to life than football.

If that is the only thing Peter McGrath can teach his Eastlake Demons squad this year, he will have succeeded.

Eastlake have launched a ‘tackling for a cure’ intiative designed to raise funds for cancer research at the University of Canberra’s Melanie Swan Memorial Translational Centre.

The centre is working towards treating the occurrence and spread of metastatic cancer, revolutionising cancer treatments by rethinking the way cancer is detected, tracked and treated.

Demons players approach local businesses in search of a pledge per tackle they make during Eastlake’s AFL Canberra campaign.

McGrath says the Demons have got about 10 businesses on board for the initiative designed to show the club’s emerging stars football is not the be all and end all.

“We can’t guarantee we’re going to win a grand final at the end of the day, that’d be nice, but at the end of the day after the season, at least we can say we’ve done something positive in the community,” McGrath said.

Eastlake's William Clark looks to tackle Belconnen's Samuel Fisher. Picture: Jamila ToderasEastlake’s William Clark looks to tackle Belconnen’s Samuel Fisher. Picture: Jamila Toderas
“That way, the players, they’re a young group, they get better educated on the causes out there we can help out in. It’s all about education and community engagement.

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