Two of the Eastern Football League’s (EFL) leading teams will clash tomorrow for the beyondblue Cup as they raise awareness about depression and anxiety.
Top of the ladder Norwood will take on South Croydon from 2.10pm at the South Croydon Football Club, with undefeated Norwood looking to extend their run of unbeaten matches to 10.
Both clubs have been touched by mental health issues in the past and will each wear specially-designed jumpers featuring a blue strip and the beyondblue logo.
The match is part of the EFL’s beyondblue round, which is seeing teams hold dinners, raise funds and show their support for beyondblue.
beyondblue Acting CEO Dr Brian Graetz said the EFL beyondblue Cup match and the entire round would get thousands of men talking about mental health and remind them to look out for themselves and their mates.
“Australian men experience depression and anxiety conditions less than women, but are three times more likely to take their own lives,” he said. “It is for these tragic reasons that men need to know these illnesses are not a sign of weakness and can affect anyone, even the toughest of blokes. Seeking support for depression or anxiety takes guts, and men are often amazed at how much better they feel once they take the first step on the road to recovery. We can’t thank South Croydon and Norwood, and all the other EFL clubs, enough for their support this weekend and for helping us raise awareness about depression and anxiety. We know that suburban football clubs often don’t have a lot of money, so for them to go out of their way for us like this is just incredible. We would also like to thank the Hawthorn Football Club for their ongoing support of the partnership between beyondblue and the EFL.”
This weekend marks the second year the EFL beyondblue Cup has been held after Balwyn beat Noble Park last year.
A lunch will be held before tomorrow’s match that will feature speeches from beyondblue ambassador and Channel 10 sports presenter Brad McEwan and Hawks footballer Brendan Whitecross. A signed and framed Hawthorn jumper will also be auctioned at the lunch.
Any EFL club that raises over $200 for beyondblue will be entered into the draw to win a training session run by Hawthorn, with second prize being another signed Hawks jumper.