A group of young Bendigo footballers are helping to raise much-needed funds for cancer research.
Jeremy Edwards, William Foster, Ben Parkes, and Liam Riley have organised the Preseason for Peter Mac event. The night will raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.
Mr Edwards said the men had the idea for the fundraiser after competing in a fun run last year.
"We started all this in July," he said. "Every single day for 100 days we participated in vigorous training to the point where a drop of sweat would hit the ground.
"It was called 100 Days of Sweat and the goal was to run a half marathon on the 100th day. The Peter Mac Run worked out to fit that perfectly.
"So we did the 100 days, raised funds for MS Australia, and we hit around $1300 for that. Then we ran the half marathon, but we only raised about $500 for Peter Mac.
"We thought that's not very good on our behalf. We can do better than that."
Mr Edwards said they all thought it was important to support the cause.
"One of the other boys told us that his family has been affected by cancer," he said. "Mine as well, through my grandparents.
"I think it has affected everyone in different ways. So we thought all the stars had lined up and this was the perfect charity we had to do it for. It's what it was meant to be and it all just worked out perfectly."
Mr Edwards said they started to ask around places in Bendigo for a venue and the True Brew Brewery offered their site.
"We put our heads together," he said. "I had a few ideas floating around in my head.
"I sent off a few messages and within about half an hour I had a venue and some entertainment sorted. I thought oh my god this is actually going to go places."
The event will also feature Melbourne comedian, The Suburban Footballer, a silent auction, and performances from local artist, Mitch Greer.
"Just come along, get around it, and have a bit of fun," Mr Edwards said. "It's going to be a great night."
The Preseason for Peter Mac fundraiser will take place at the True Brew Brewery in East Bendigo on Friday, January 24. Tickets can be purchased here.
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