Monday, 11 April 2011

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Male Cancer Week with Orchid

The winning design, LOVES IT
Boys, it’s time to get supportive for a very good cause. Next week marks the start of Male Cancer Week (11th to 17th) and it has never been easier to get involved. Orchid is the UK’s only registered charity totally focused on male-specific cancers. Formed in 1996 by a testicular cancer patient, Orchid aims to save men’s lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers. This is done through pioneering research, the provision of specialist information and support, campaign and of course raising awareness, enter Male Cancer Week!
This year Orchid have teamed up with the London School of Fashion to create a t-shirt to raise awareness. The students from the school designed their versions and then a very influential judging panel (Dylan Jones, Laura Weir and Peter Andre), but their heads together and chose the winning design. Which brings me to the most incredible charity t-shirt yet. I am officially calling it “Amazeballs”. Done and done. 37000 men in the UK are diagnosed with cancer each year, which makes me think that we as men should really do our part and support this charity as much as we can. Plus since we can show our support with a very witty t-shirt, what’s not to like? It’s very vintage looking. I am loving this. Wear it with a cardigan, converse and jeans. Sorted.
The winning design was created by Elise Pellican (a second year student) and I truly think it’s an amazing way to raise awareness, know your balls men and get on with it. The t-shirt is produced with clothing brand Raging Bull and they have the backing of some of our rugby stars (Dominic Waldouck, Guy Armitage and Joe Simpson), which have all donated their time to support the cause (as pictured below, recreating the winning design). Boys, gays and girls. It’s time to get involved, you can buy the t-shirt from www.houseoffraser.co.uk and www.orchid-cancer.org.uk, priced at £25 with all proceeds going to Orchid. I know its difficult for men to talk about this kinda of stuff. So, don’t talk about it, wear it on your chest. Head up, chest proud and raise awareness. This is a great cause and I would strongly advise you all to take part.
Know your balls!

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