Foundation aims to inspire change in community

RAISING FUNDS: AFL Central Victoria regional operations manager Justin Abrams, Blue Ball Foundation co-founder Jamie Morgan and Bendigo Umpires Association chairman John Norton. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

RAISING FUNDS: AFL Central Victoria regional operations manager Justin Abrams, Blue Ball Foundation co-founder Jamie Morgan and Bendigo Umpires Association chairman John Norton. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

BLUE Ball Foundation co-founder Jamie Morgan hopes to encourage young men to go to the doctor and get themselves checked.

This weekend’s game between two of the Bendigo Football League’s powerhouses, Sandhurst and Strathfieldsaye, will be a chance for Morgan to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Umpires for this weekend’s game will wear Blue Ball Foundation shirts in the under-18, reserves and seniors games.

Morgan said it was a great opportunity for him to spread the word about the foundation.

“Both myself and the co-founder Mike Elliott have both gone through testicular cancer and depression as well,” he said.

“The Blue Ball Foundation is s all about getting blokes to see a doctor.

“The age range we are working with is 16 to 39.

“There are so many men in that age bracket dying because they won’t go and see a doctor.”

Bendigo Umpires Association chairman John Norton brought the idea of raising funds for a local charity to the league.

“We support a charity each year and last year raised money for breast cancer awareness so this year we looked for a charity that supported men’s health,” he said.

AFL Central Victoria regional operations manager Justin Abrams said all clubs have embraced the league’s initiatives this year.

He hoped a big crowd would pack the Queen Elizabeth Oval for Saturday's games. 

The Sandhurst, Strathfieldsaye senior's game will begin at 2.20pm.

A raffle will also be held on game day.

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