Mariners contribute to CanTeen cause

In the lead up to Saturday’s Hyundai A-League round 4 clash with Perth Glory at Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast Mariners have thrown their support behind CanTeen’s National Bandanna Day initiative.

In the lead up to Saturday-s Hyundai A-League round 4 clash with Perth Glory at Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast Mariners have thrown their support behind CanTeen-s National Bandanna Day initiative.

CanTeen is the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer, with Bandanna Day held annually on 28 October.

The Mariners will be supporting National Bandanna Day in a variety of ways, including a player appearance at Erina Fair on Thursday 27 October.

Between 5pm and 6pm, four Mariners stars - Qantas Australian U23s captain Oliver Bozanic, New Zealand international Michael McGlinchey, Qantas Young Socceroo Trent Sainsbury and Mariners- all time top goal-scorer Adam Kwasnik - will be selling bandannas at Erina Fair Shopping Centre.

The players will be located outside the ABC Shop, situated on Level 1 close to ‘the hive- entertainment precinct.

Canteen Division Manager, Simon Cavaliere, said his organisation was thrilled with the Mariners- help in promoting the cause.

“It is fantastic to see the most well loved team on the Central Coast showing solidarity to donate time to support this great cause,” Mr Cavaliere said.

“The Hunter and Northern NSW Division of CanTeen supports over 100 young people from the Central Coast, including cancer patients, siblings of cancer patients and young people with a parent or primary care giver suffering from cancer,” he said.

Additionally, the Mariners sported bandannas at the end of today-s training session, with key local media on hand at the to film and photograph players, coaching and support staff in the distinctive yellow bandannas.

Mariners- Head Coach, Graham Arnold, said: “With players under the age of 24 making up a significant percentage of our team, we are happy to donate our time supporting this great cause.”

Moreover, the club has connected with the Yellow Army Supporter Group, providing 30 individually signed, yellow bandannas for Yellow Army to sell among the Bluetongue Stadium crowd this Saturday night.

Yellow Army spokesperson, Simon Fisher, said this was a beneficial way to add colour to the crowd, offer a unique piece of memorabilia to Mariners supporters and, most importantly, raise funds for the CanTeen cause.

“All the money we raise by selling the bandannas on Saturday night will be donated back to CanTeen via the Central Coast Mariners,” Fisher said.

Yellow Army will be selling the bandannas at the base of Bay 16 from 4pm on Saturday.

The additional colour will undoubtedly help boost the Yellow Army-s distinctive appearance, and also create further awareness of the CanTeen cause.

In 2011, CanTeen will provide three overnight programs on the Central Coast and numerous recreational events, giving local members a chance to escape their daily cancer experience, build relationships, share knowledge and have some fun.

For more information, please visit www.canteen.org.au or www.bandannaday.com.au