In the past 6 months, Wellington’s rugby community has lost two premier rugby players to cancer - Misiluni Moananu, Poneke Football Club/Wellington Football Club and Nene Va'alepu, Northern United.
The passing away of both Misiluni and Nene should be a wake-up call to us all as rugby players, management and administrators: that we are not invincible and that we should not just take the game of rugby serious but that we should also take a serious look at our health and how we can be more proactive - not just re-active.
The Wellington Rugby Football Union and College Sport Wellington has supported Evan to organise Wellington Club Rugby Premier teams and 4 College 1st XV's to unite in an awareness raising initiative and to wear Purple Socks for their games on Saturday 14 May. Purple is the ribbon colour that represents the awareness of all kinds of cancer.
Evan Belford, a close family friend and former teammate of Misiluni Moananu wanted to honour his late friend and help keep his legacy alive. In 2016 RUCK CANCER NZ was launched in partnership with Cancer Society Wellington and the GET THE TOOLS PROGRAMME.
Evan’s vision is to promote cancer awareness and men’s health awareness to Wellington’s rugby community through the RUCK CANCER NZ programme. The goal is to spread the message throughout the NZ Rugby community.
The Key Dates are as follows:
Wednesday 11 May- Ruck Cancer Launch
Saturday 14 May- Ruck Cancer Rollout