THE green and golds will turn blue and golds on Sunday at Wade Park.
Orange CYMS is getting behind the Cancer Council initiative designed to help raise community awareness on how to lead healthier lives and take more interest in cancer issues.
Tackling the Mudgee Dragons in the penultimate round of the 2014 Group 10 premier league season, both CYMS and the current competition leaders will wear blue and gold socks in a bid to raise funds and support the Cancer Council of NSW.
All grades will wear the blue and gold socks, and premier league captain-coach Mick Sullivan said the fight against cancer was a common cause for all.
“The club decided to get involved to help fund one of Cancer Council’s programs as most people have been touched by cancer in some way, shape or form,” Sullivan said.
Research shows approximately one in two people in NSW will develop cancer in their lifetime.
This year alone, more than 36,600 people will be diagnosed in NSW.
Dedicating this game day to the cause, the blue and gold socks will showcase the famous daffodil symbol, with all proceeds raised at Wade Park on Sunday being donated to the Cancer Council.
Cancer Council NSW Western Region community relations coordinator Tarah Syphers said funds raised from the derby match will remain in the region and will be invested into local support programs for cancer patients and carers.
Currently, the Cancer Council is developing a volunteer-run patient transport service which will work alongside existing Community Transport services to fill any gaps and ensure cancer patients and carers can access treatment in the region when they need it.
“We envision that the service will benefit many families in the central west and mid-western region who are affected by cancer.” Syphers said.
Orange CYMS tackle Mudgee in all four grades - league tag, under 18s, first division and premier league - from 10.30am on Sunday at Wade Park.