Undies run: Locals strip for cancer

Two Naracoorte locals will strip down to their jocks and run two laps of the Adelaide Oval next week for the Cancer Council’s Undies Run.

Kevin Marshall and Mark Collins have raised the minimum amount of $300 to participate in the event which will be held before the Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes BBL game.

“We joined up because we have both experienced cancer in the family,” Kevin explained.

With both families having been affected by bowel cancer, the pair believed it was a great idea for a fantastic cause.

“I heard about the event on the radio, and said to my wife that it will be something I’m interested in...she just laughed at me,” Kevin said.

After having a look online, Kevin decided to drag someone along with him, which is where Mark came into the picture.

“I did need a little bit of a push, but once Mark signed up with me, it was easy done.”

Despite being in their underwear in front of a crowd of possibly 40,000 cricket fans, neither of the boys are nervous about the run.

They’ve kept themselves in shape over the years playing cricket, football and soccer, so fitness shouldn’t be an issue.

They’re just excited to get out there and help raise both awareness and money for the charity.

“We are a bit excited, we think it will just be good fun,” Kevin added.

“If we didn’t get given the outfit, I think we would be dressing up in something ridiculous,” Mark added.

“A mankini or fairy outfit, something stupid like that would be what we would dress in.”

Mark has so far raised $380, with Kevin raising $575, and both are still seeking more donations.

“We aren’t surprised at how much the community has backed us,” Mark said about the local support.

“Naracoorte is such a tight community, and it has been fantastic so far, we raised the amount we needed to enter within two weeks.”

The two have their links to donate available on Facebook, or people can donate on the Cancer Council website at www.fundraising.cancersa.org.au.

Donations can be accepted all the way up to Monday and after the event as well.

Donations are tax deductible and donors will be given a receipt.

“We have had donations of over $100 and we thought that was pretty special,” the two agreed. 

Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers within the nation, alongside prostate, breast, melanoma and lung cancer, all of which contribute to the 48,000 deaths per year.

Cancer patients are expected to be on the rise by 2020 reaching a total of 150,000. Currently, according to the Cancer Council fact sheet, 138,000 Australians die from cancer per year with one in two Australian men and women being diagnosed before the age of 85.