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Big Names Come Together To Support Blue September

Posted at 16:34 2009-09-10
SKYCITY Auckland will be hosting the inaugural SKYCITY Blue September Challenge of the Codes Poker Tournament on 29 September as part of a campaign to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer.  Players from Auckland Rugby and the Vodafone Warriors will take to the tables along with celebs and members of the Auckland media in a bid to take out the top spot in the 2009 SKYCITY Blue September Challenge of the Codes.
Funds are being raised through the generous support of sponsors who will play alongside ‘their’ player at the table. Adding to the excitement and kudos of the event is host, Lee ‘final table’ Nelson, New Zealand’s most famous professional poker player who is also a prostate cancer survivor. Before turning pro, Nelson was an MD who has written a book about the disease.
Ejaaz Dean, SKYCITY’s Executive Manager of Table Games Auckland, is looking forward to the action around the tables. “Poker is an exciting and growing sport, both in New Zealand and on the world stage; especially with men which is why we see this initiative as a great fit as part of the Blue September campaign.”
“We’re delighted that Auckland Rugby and the Vodafone Warriors are joining us and of course appreciate the sponsors who have already pledged their support.”
The winning player and sponsor along with SKYCITY and Lee Nelson will present the cheque to Blue September at the close of the tournament.
Blue September Clash of the Codes Poker Tournament:
Players from Auckland Rugby:
·         Paul Williams
·         Dean Budd
·         Tom McCartney
·         Charlie Faumunia
·         Isaia Toeava
·         Reserve:  Jamie Helleur
Players from the Vodafone Warriors:
·         Awen Guttenbeil
·         Joe Vagana
·         Sam Rapira
·         Evarn Tuimavave
·         Monty Betham
Sponsorship packages available:
$1,500 Sponsorship (top tier sponsorship)
·      The organisation/individual to sponsor a player in the tournament - $1,500
·      The organisation/individual to nominate two representatives who will attend the event and one representative will play alongside their sponsored player
·      The organisation to receive a $150 bar tab at any SKYCITY venue
·      The organisation can donate product or offers for inclusion in the goodie bag
$1,000 Sponsorship
·      The organisation/individual to sponsor a player in the tournament - $1,000
·      The organisation/individual to nominate two representatives who will attend the event (support only)
·      The organisation to receive a $50 bar tab at any SKYCITY venue
·      The organisation can donate product or offers for inclusion in the goodie bag
Sponsor packages are still available. Please contact Karen Parlane for more information on Karen.parlane@skycity.co.nz or 09 363 6007.
Blue September:
Each year, over 2,500 men in New Zealand are diagnosed with prostate cancer. A further 600 will die from the disease.  Prostate Cancer is a preventable disease. It is estimated that on average at least half of those annual deaths could have been avoided had the sufferers sought advice from a health professional in a timely manner.

Prostate cancer can be cured if detected and treated early while still confined to the prostate gland. The tests for prostate cancer are the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and the digital rectal examination (DRE). These tests do not give a conclusive diagnosis of cancer but can indicate the presence of prostate cancer. While prostate cancer is most common in men over the age of 50, younger men with a history of prostate cancer in their family are at greater risk.
Early (localised) prostate cancer is when the cancer has been found early enough that it hasn’t spread from the prostate. Early prostate cancer rarely causes symptoms.
Advanced Prostate cancer is when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body such as the bones and lymph nodes.
For more information and to make a donation to help fight this disease that is taking the lives of hundreds of fathers, brothers and sons see www.blueseptember.org

 

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