The 'Big Blue' becomes the Beyondblue Cup

Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC will join forces with beyondblue to help raise awareness of depression and anxiety with the announcement of a partnership that is very close to the hearts and minds of the football community.

Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC will join forces with beyondblue to help raise awareness of depression and anxiety with the announcement of a partnership that is very close to the hearts and minds of the football community.

The showpiece of the community partnership will see the A-League-s fiercest rivals, Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory, play for the beyondblue Cup when they take part in the next instalment of the ‘Big Blue- at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday, March 10.

beyondblue aims to increase awareness of depression and anxiety, as well as related alcohol and drug issues, while reducing the associated stigma. More than three-million Australians experience depression or anxiety, with men traditionally reluctant to ask for help.

When it comes to tackling depression and anxiety, neither state borders, political backgrounds nor interstate sporting rivalries prevent people from uniting for the cause.

beyondblue Chairman, the Hon Jeff Kennett AC, a former Victorian Premier, and the Hon Morris Iemma, a former NSW Premier, are both members of the beyondblue Board and are united in their commitment to raising awareness of these conditions and reducing the associated stigma by supporting the beyondblue Cup.

The Hon Mr Kennett AC expressed his excitement for this initiative and thinks it is a wonderful community gesture for Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC to partner with beyondblue for such a great cause.

To find out about depression and anxiety call the beyondblue info line on 1300 224 636 or go to www.beyondblue.org.au. title