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It's Football Shirt Friday Tomorrow!

The Gibraltar FA is backing the Gibraltar Branch of Cancer Research UK's campaign to get as many people wearing Football Shirts as possible tomorrow, even to work, to raise awareness and money for vital research into Cancer. 

Giovi Vinales, Chairperson of the Gibraltar Branch of Cancer Research UK, spoke to ahead of tomorrow, and about the sterling work the Charity is doing:

Tell us about how Football Shirt Friday in Gibraltar works, and how people can donate?

Football Shirt Friday is this coming Friday 26 April.  It is a campaign linked to the Bobby Moore Fund to raise funds and awareness for bowel cancer;  A day for fans to wear their football shirt to work, donate £2 and support ground breaking bowel cancer research.  For those wishing to donate Gibtelecom have very kindly set up a premium line, so by simply calling 8631 you will automatically donate £2, alternatively cash/cheque donations can be made and we will then make arrangements for collection.

Where can individuals or companies upload or share their photos wearing their football shirts to work supporting the day?

Photos can either be sent to the charity’s email address - or posted directly on our Facebook Group (Cancer Research UK Gibraltar Branch).



What football team do you support and which football shirt will you be wearing?

I support Manchester United, as it runs in the family, but on Friday I will be wearing CRUK’s Bobby Moore Shirt in support of bowel cancer awareness.

More specifically on the Gibraltar Branch of CR UK how has your fundraising in general going?   

Cancer Research UK has now had a presence in Gibraltar for the last 51 years, raising over £1.7 million throughout this period, which really says it all. A great achievement by past and present committee members and coupled with the enormous generosity and supportive community, it has very much been a joint effort.  Unfortunately cancer still affects too many people in our community so we all feel a need to support it and contribute whatever we can to this cause. Great strides have been achieved over the last 10 years in terms of improved and personalised treatments, leading to increased survivability rates, so like to feel that we, as a community, have collectively been a part of this. 

On a personal level how long have you been involved with the Gibraltar Branch of CR UK? And how did you get involved? 

It is nearly 20 years now since I joined the local CRUK committee, as my family have always been involved with the local CRUK committee, ever since my Grandmother passed away at a relatively young age from this treacherous disease.  I believe in the cause, I believe in Cancer Research UK and believe we are making inroads and advances. Cancer has no borders and affects people wherever in the world they may live but research is global and the progress being achieved is something that we will all, either directly or indirectly, benefit from.  Cancer is really something that touches us all so will continue to contribute my little grain of sand to help eradicate this terrible disease from our lives.

What other events do you have planned for the year?

We are holding our annual Sun Smart Awareness event at the Piazza on Saturday 11 May.  It is also very important to hold awareness events like these, especially in Gibraltar especially with summer just round the corner.  On this day too M H Bland & Deloitte’s are holding the Top of the Rock Walk also starting from Piazza at 11am.  Our 24 hour Relay For Life event is also back this year on the 21/22 September. This is an important fundraising and solidarity event so encourage everyone to register to participate with your team of colleagues, friends or families to help make the difference.   Registration can be done online by simply searching Relay For Life Gibraltar on the internet.

Our annual Think Pink Day and Walk For life will be held on the 4 & 5 October 2019, which are also very popular events within the community.  We have events ongoing throughout the year, so encourage the community to check out our Facebook Group (Cancer Research UK Gibraltar Branch) to keep updated and continue to support.