Present and past stars of the Ospreys and Cardiff Blues will battle it out in a Question of Sport Special in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre's Stepping Stones Appeal, the Ospreys' chosen charity for the 2012/13 season.
Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Ian Gough, Sam Warburton, Martyn Williams and Tom Shanklin will be just some of the team members at this special event which takes place on Thursday 28th February at The Towers Hotel.
Ospreys captain Alun Wyn Jones said:
Were all looking forward to going head to head with the Blues in this for a great cause. Weve got Adam Jones in our team and with his record when he appeared on TV in Question of Sport we are confident of securing the win.
Martyn Williams said:
"We know we're up against one of the countries foremost sporting anorak's in Adam Jones and we will go in as firm underdogs. However, with Tom Shanklin in the team anything is possible!'"
Tickets for this event are just £35 each and tables of 10 are available. Price to include a drink on arrival, 3 course dinner, superb entertainment plus a raffle and auction with some fantastic prizes up for grabs. You can book tickets online at: www.velindrefundraising.com/bookonline or call Velindre Fundraising on 029 2031 6211
Velindre Cancer Centre launched the Stepping Stones Appeal, a lung cancer research programme, to both increase awareness of their work, and to raise the money necessary to continue to fund and expand their research programmes.
There are nearly 2,200 people diagnosed with lung cancer in Wales each year, with an increasing number who have never smoked. Many people are surviving cancer than ever before thanks to early detection and better treatment. Although lung cancer is the most common form of cancer death in Wales, lung cancer research has been relatively poorly supported compared to other higher profile forms of cancer. It is estimated by 2015 there will be a 30% increase in the most common forms of cancer in Wales.
Following the success of a number of fundraising initiatives including the Captains Climb to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Mairs Walk and the Stepping Stones Rugby Gala Dinners, over £350,000 has been invested enabling the Wales Cancer Bank to be able to collect lung cancer samples for the first time ever. These samples will then be used by researchers around the world to improve understanding of lung cancer, which will help in the search for new treatments.
Ospreys Forwards Coach, Jonathan Humphreys who will be a panellist at the Question of Sport was among fifteen former Wales captains who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the Captains Climb in aid of Stepping Stones and he said its great news that the Ospreys have appointed Stepping Stones as its official charity partner:
Lung cancer is horrible illness that has touched the lives of everybody. To be able to help the fight in whatever small way we can as an organisation is important and I certainly hope that our partnership will help to raise the profile of Stepping Stones as well as generating much needed funding.
About the Stepping Stones Appeal:
Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer death in Wales. It is estimated by 2015 there will be a 30% increase in the most common forms of cancer in Wales.
Following the success of a number of fundraising initiatives including the Captains Climb to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Mairs Walk and the Stepping Stones Rugby Gala Dinners, some major investments have taken place; for the first time ever the Wales Cancer Bank can now collect lung cancer samples, enabling researchers all of the World to utilise this ground breaking service.
There are nearly 2,000 people diagnosed each year and we are seeing an increasing number of suffers who have never smoked. Many people are surviving cancer than ever before thanks to early detection and better treatment.
Your support of the Stepping Stones Appeal will help us to advance our research into lung cancer, stage by stage, step by step.
About Velindre Cancer Centre
Velindre Cancer Centre has been providing care and support to Welsh cancer patients for over 50 years. We are the largest non surgical cancer Hospital in Wales providing Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and other specialised anti-cancer treatments for over half the people diagnosed with cancer in Wales.
Every possible effort is made to ensure that each visit to Velindre is as comfortable as possible, and our experienced staff aim to provide high quality care to patients and their families. On average every year Velindre Cancer Centre provides care, treatment and support for over 130,000 out patients and day cases.
More people in Wales survive cancer now than ever before thanks to early detection and better treatments. It is estimated that by 2015 there will be a 30% increase in the most common forms of cancer in Wales; we are determined to raise the money necessary to enable us to meet these new challenges.