It has been announced that the Vanarama National League are making a special change to it’s name to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
The league, which will called the MANarama National League for a month, have picked Prostate Cancer UK to become their first ever charity partner for the season.
We’ve got a very important statement to make
The @Vanarama National League is re-branding in a unique and special agreement
— The National League (@TheNationalLge) September 14, 2018
Vanarama, who have pledged to raise £150,000 to the charity, and its new car leasing platform, Motorama, will donate £50 for every vehicle leased from the start of September until Non-League Day, when a cheque will be presented at FC Halifax Town vs Chesterfield, will will be televised on BT Sport.
There will also be a new captain’s armband, which will be worn by clubs on Non League Day which takes place in a month.
Advertising boards around the grounds of all the sides competing in the division are also said to be changed.
The changes and rebranding has been praised by Jeff Stelling, who has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity by doing his well known March for Men walks. He said: “This partnership reinforces Prostate Cancer UK’s work in football and how hugely important it is to raise awareness and funds to make a difference to the lives of men and their loved ones.
“One man dies every 45 minutes from this disease, so we need to take action. The passionate fans in the National League – including my lot at Hartlepool United and throughout the non-league pyramid – represent the perfect platform for us to unite against the toughest opponent of all.
“I know Vanarama have been long-time supporters of the charity so it’s great to see them taking the bold move of re-branding the league to MANarama to help raise even more awareness.
“Although more women now go to matches, it’s still a stronghold of male life. A lot of these supporters at some stage in their life may get prostate cancer.
“The more they understand that the better, the more we can help beat it. For them, and for their friends and families.”
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