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Blue's Inspiring Journey Recognized with Prestigious 2023 Jim Stynes Award

Blue’s Inspiring Journey Recognized with Prestigious 2023 Jim Stynes Award

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Inspirational Blue honoured with 2023 Jim Stynes Award

Sam Docherty, the former Carlton skipper and cancer survivor, has been awarded the prestigious 2023 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award for his exceptional work in raising funds for cancer research and supporting children’s charities. Docherty’s inspiring journey, overcoming testicular cancer not once but twice, has been a source of inspiration for many.

Raising Funds and Creating Awareness

Docherty’s relentless efforts have seen him raise an astounding $220,000 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation. As an observer on the board of the Peter Mac Cancer Foundation, he has been actively involved in advocating for cancer testing and detection, aiming to save lives through early detection.

In addition to his work with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, Docherty has also extended his support to the Paws4Kids program, run by the MacKillop Family Services. This program supports vulnerable children in their journey back to the classroom by providing therapy dogs as a form of support. Docherty’s dedication to assisting not only cancer patients but also helping children in need exemplifies his commitment to making a positive impact in the community.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan Commends Docherty

AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan lauded Docherty’s achievements, emphasizing how Docherty’s personal experience has driven him to give hope, inspiration, and raise substantial funds for cancer research and other charities. McLachlan praised Docherty’s character, highlighting his ability to use his own journey to bring about positive change.

Carlton CEO Brian Cook’s Praise

Carlton CEO Brian Cook expressed his admiration for Sam Docherty’s selflessness and generosity in helping others. Cook described Docherty as a courageous and spirited player, whose character shines through both on and off the field. Cook commended Docherty’s tireless efforts and the positive impact he has made on numerous lives.

“He truly wants to make a difference, and we feel very lucky to have Sam at our club,” said Cook.

Proud Recipient of the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award

Sam Docherty, proudly supported by Telstra and the Jim Stynes Foundation, will be awarded $40,000, which will be donated to the charity or community program of his choice. The Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award has recognized individuals in the AFL who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and commitment to making a difference in their communities. Past winners include Joel Selwood, Travis Boak, Bachar Houli, and other esteemed AFL players.

Sam Docherty’s journey of resilience and determination serves as an inspiration to all. Through his advocacy, fundraising, and support for those affected by cancer and vulnerable children, he has set a high standard for community leadership. His efforts remind us of the power of using our personal experiences to drive positive change and make a difference in the lives of others.

As we celebrate Sam Docherty’s remarkable achievements, we are reminded that inspiration can come from the most unexpected sources. It is through individuals like Docherty that we learn the true value of compassion, generosity, and the profound impact that one person can have on the lives of many.

Keywords: Inspirational Blue’s Inspiring Journey, Prestigious Award, 2023 Jim Stynes Award


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