Purple socks

Kick some goals for Pancreatic Cancer!

In 2018 over 6,000 feet took to fields, pitches, ovals and courts all over Australia proudly sporting our very own Purple Socks in support for Pancreatic Cancer fundraising and awareness.

This amazing show of community support means our #GoingPurpleForPancreaticCancer campaign (or Purple Socks as we like to call it) tripled in size this year, generating over $30,000 directly into Pancreatic Cancer Medical Research.

We love this campaign as it reflects perfectly what the Avner Foundation is striving for; Pancreatic Cancer awareness, community engagement and healthy fun for everyone!

Purple Socks was created in 2015 by Isabella Di Manno after the sudden death of her fiancee’s mother to the disease. Her family had always been very involved in football and Isabella saw this as the perfect way to raise awareness and vital funds into research improving diagnosis and treatment.

Only three years later the campaign has grown from 300 players to over 3,000! Isabella’s initial dream, when she started this fundraiser, was to see sporting fields around Australia “turn purple”! A huge THANK YOU to the 18 clubs and 3,046 players that took part 2018. We appreciate how difficult it is to organise something like this especially when everyone is volunteering their time.

Get Involved

If you or your club would like to get involved in the raising money and awareness through our Purple Socks please contact us on info@avnersfoundation.org.au. We can arrange to order your socks and give you some tips on how to run your event and get the local media involved.

Lets make it bigger!

“It’s been a fantastic year for the Purple Socks Campaign,” says Avner Foundation CEO Julian Martin “and we want next year to be even bigger.” To help the campaign continue to expand we are looking for a campaign sponsor. “Purple Socks is growing at an amazing rate”, Julian says “and with the right partner on board the sky’s the limit!” Get in contact if you think you might be able to help us out.

The success of Purple Socks is thanks to everyone involved and determined to make a difference.

Please spread the word and let’s make Isabella’s dream an even bigger reality!