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DT38 Foundation launches fundraising raffle to hold Zoom call with a West Ham player plus signed shirt auction!

DT38 Foundation logo

 

DT38 Foundation is delighted to give a lucky supporter the opportunity to win a Zoom call with a West Ham United first-team player and some DT38 goodies.

Together with the Club, DT38 has launched a special raffle in recognition of the seventh anniversary of the passing of Academy of Football graduate Dylan Tombides.

Entrees can be made either by purchasing DT38 merchandise from the Official West Ham United Store with a minimum spend of £10, or via purchase of a £2 raffle ticket through the Official DT38 Shop, with all profits going to the charity.

Funds will support DT38's work, helping to save men's and boys' lives by informing and educating them about testicular cancer.

Furthermore, supporters can raise further funds for DT38 this week and own a unique piece of West Ham United memorabilia in our special auction of player-worn and signed DT38 t-shirts.

Mark Noble, Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals, Ben Johnson, David Martin, Tomáš Souček, Vladimír Coufal, Aaron Cresswell, Craig Dawson, Łukasz Fabiański and Ryan Fredericks have all signed the t-shirts they wore in training on Friday - along with a cap signed by Michail Antonio - and you can bid for them now by clicking here with all proceeds going to the DT38 Foundation!

The Club is very proud to dedicate today's Premier League fixture between West Ham United and Chelsea to raising awareness for its Principal Charity Partner, DT38, which was established in memory of Dylan.

Dylan TombidesThe promising goalscorer, who lost his battle with testicular cancer on 18 April 2014 at the age of 20, is remembered very fondly at our Club for his outstanding talent and warm personality.

In a career tragically cut short, Dylan was given his first team debut under Sam Allardyce in 2012, and he was widely tipped by peers and management for a successful life in football at the highest level.

The Perth, Australia-born forward would have been bound for international success according to Socceroo’s legend Mile Jedinak, a Patron of DT38 Foundation.

Following Dylan’s passing, DT38 was set up by the Tombides family in 2015 with the support of West Ham United. 

It continues to be very successful in its ambitions to increase awareness of testicular cancer and educate people about the importance of checking themselves on a monthly basis.

In February 2020 it launched Check 1-Two, an on-going campaign to remind men and boys to ‘check their tackle’ on the first of every month.

 

DT38 Foundation founder Tracy Tombides

 

The initiative has been supported publicly by many famous football faces including Tony Cottee, Mark Ward, Mile Jedinak, Daniel Garb, Bianca Westwood, Sam Kerr, Kevin Muscat and Dylan’s close friend Elliot Lee. 

Moreover, DT38 has teamed up with the West Ham United Foundation to educate young people in schools about the importance of wellbeing and resilience. 

Like many charities across the UK, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on DT38’s ability to fundraise and a busy programme of events was cancelled in 2020. For example, before the emergence of COVID-19, DT38 organised drop-in Ultrasound Scan events and there are plans to continue with this programme when practicable.

With the easing of lockdown measures, DT38 is now planning to host a Charity Golf Day in August at Langdon Hills Golf Club, a Charity Poker Tournament at Crown London, Mayfair, in October and its third White Collar Boxing event at York Hall this November in partnership with Peacock Gym.

DT38 still has an important role to play in helping saves lives by raising awareness and educating people about this relatively unknown disease

Tracy Tombides

Tracy Tombides, Co-Founder of DT38, said: “As we move into our sixth year as a charity and the seventh since I lost my son Dylan to testicular cancer, I want to take this opportunity to thank West Ham United for their continued support.

“And I'd also say a massive congratulations to the West Ham United team and coaching staff for their brilliant season, so far. Some of the players are Ambassadors of DT38 including Declan Rice and Mark Noble and we’re so grateful for their ongoing support. I also want to thank everyone else who has helped and supported us through their fundraising efforts.

“But, very sadly, around 2,400 men in the UK alone are still being diagnosed each year with testicular cancer from babies as young as six months to men in their 60s. We also know that testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in young men in the world.

“DT38 still has an important role to play in helping to save lives by raising awareness and educating people about this relatively unknown disease.

“The opportunity for a private Zoom call with one of the West Ham stars is a unique prize and will be a very special experience for one lucky person. But this competition is also about a very important fundraising effort to support our work in raising awareness of testicular cancer, after what has been an extremely difficult year. And I cannot wait to reveal who the lucky winner is!”

To be in with a chance of winning the Zoom call and goodies you can:

Entrees must be made by 11.59pm on 3 May and the winner will be selected at random and contacted within 48 hours. Full terms and conditions can be seen at whufc.com

And you can also bid for the players' DT38 signed t-shirts by heading to our official auctions page now.

For more information about DT38 Foundation, click here.

 

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