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Sam Docherty nominated for 2023 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award

2 min read 08 September 2023

Carlton Football Club star, Sam Docherty, has been named as a nominee for the 2023 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award for his work with Peter Mac.

Sam Docherty speaking

A leader on the field, an inspiration off it.

Sam Docherty has been nominated for AFL's Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award, in honour of his amazing work with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation and other charitable organisations.

The Carlton community and the wider football world have been along the journey with Sam, who bravely battled his cancer journey while in the public spotlight and has constantly used his platform to make a positive impact for those going through illness, particularly with the next generation.

Sam has provided a beacon of hope to those in the community battling illness after recovering twice from testicular cancer, with his inspirational story leading to multiple fundraising campaigns within the football community.

Launched in 2021 the ‘Doing It for Doc’ initiative not only helped raise $220,000 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation to support life-saving cancer research, but his voice and position also encouraged more people in the community to book a check-up with their doctor.

Docherty now holds a voluntary role as an Observer on the Board of Peter Mac Cancer Foundation, working closely with the Philanthropy committee to create more connections for the Foundation and bring in more donations.

Sam is also an ambassador for the Peter Mac Cup, which takes place between Carlton and Collingwood every year and is the longest-running charity match in the AFL.

To be part of something that bands together not just Carlton people but the AFL community – when we’re at loggerheads during the season, and then for a moment everyone jumps on the same path - it's amazing to be part of that.

The Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award - named after the former Melbourne champion - is in its 12th year, and is awarded to the individual who embodies making a difference and representing football in a positive light both on and off the field.

Thank you to Sam and Carlton Football Club for your continuing support of the work we do, and for being such incredible advocates for men’s health.  We wish him the very best of luck when the winner of this award is announced on Brownlow Medal night! 

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