Two of the AFL’s most historic football clubs will compete this weekend for the Peter Mac Cup, and footy fans can also help kick goals for cancer research.

When Collingwood takes on Carlton at 3.20pm at the MCG this Sunday, the clubs will compete for the AFL’s longest running charity cup.

The Peter Mac Cup was introduced in 1993 as a way to raise vital funds for research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and to highlight important cancer prevention messages.

There are more than 700 scientists at Peter Mac, which is internationally renowned for conducting research that breaks new ground in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Peter Mac’s chief executive Professor Shelley Dolan said the community’s support helped to accelerate the search for cures and improve cancer treatments for all Australians.

“For almost three decades now, the Peter Mac Cup has given us a way to engage the footy community - and broader community - in the fight against cancer,” she said.

“We thank the Collingwood and Carlton football clubs, and footy fans, for their outstanding support of Peter Mac and look forward to another exciting game at the weekend.”

The clubs also give patients a chance to meet their favourite players – at training sessions or hospital visits – and (in non-pandemic years) support patients and staff to attend the game.

Two patients - Michael and David - attended Carlton's training session before Victoria's latest lockdown kicked in this week.

This year footy fans are asked to show their support by signing up for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation’s “Unite to Fight Cancer” event which raises funds for cancer research.

This will see thousands of Peter Mac supporters unite virtually - to ride (100km) or walk (60km) over 10 days in October - and will make a life-saving difference for people affected by cancer.

Register now at unitetofightcancer.org.au.

The funds we raise together will accelerate the search for cancer cures and give new hope to all people affected by cancer.

For more information contact the Peter Mac Communications team on 0417 123 048.

About Peter Mac

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is a world-leading cancer research, education and treatment centre and Australia’s only public health service solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer.