– Footy hero Benji Marshall hosts Footy Rocks, a night of sporting legends in aid of childhood cancer research at CCIA –

On the 4th of March, Benji Marshall, the new face of NRL, will host Children’s Cancer Institute Australia’s (CCIA) first annual Footy Rocks, a night of sporting legends, food and music. As the Institute’s new ambassador, Benji will be raising much needed funds for childhood cancer research.

Footy Rocks will be a night to remember, with true Aussie sporting heroes spearheading the event including players from the Waratahs, the Roosters, the Sydney Football Club and the West Tigers.

“Footy Rocks is a wonderful opportunity for athletes from all codes of the football community to come together to help save the lives of kids with cancer,” says Benji Marshall.

“I’m so excited and honoured to be an official ambassador for Children’s Cancer Institute Australia,
having witnessed firsthand the horrible impact that childhood cancer has on Australian children and
their families.”

Footy Rocks will be a black tie evening of surprise performances, a delicious four-course dinner and several hours of live music and dance. A special auction will sell off once-in-a-lifetime items to the highest bidder, including one-on-one training sessions with some of Australia’s most elite athletes.

Footy Rocks aims to raise in excess of $250,000 for medical research at CCIA to help save the lives of kids with cancer and eliminate their suffering.

“This new funding will go directly towards the drug discovery of new, targeted cancer therapeutics for young kids with cancer,” says Professor Michelle Haber AM, CCIA Executive Director.

The Institute’s new ACRF Drug Discovery Centre for Childhood Cancer Research completes one year’s medical research in just days. It is the only one of its kind in Australia devoted to childhood cancer research.

Iconic Australian poultry brand Steggles is the night’s major sponsor. Steggles CEO John Camilleri says, “At Steggles we have an ongoing commitment to supporting children’s charities. Our partnership with CCIA commenced in 2002. We have a high regard of their work with families and the wider community in improving the detection and treatment of children’s cancer. We feel both privileged and proud to be involved with their latest fundraiser, Footy Rocks.”

For more information on Footy Rocks at the Four Seasons Hotel on 4th March or to buy a table (cost:$2,500 for 10 seats), please contact Amy Wilkinson-Lough, CCIA Events Manager, on (02) 9385 1782.