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Men's health ambassadors recognised

21 August, 2019M80 Ring Road Upgrade


The EJ Whitten Foundation and Western Bulldogs Football club have been recognised for their efforts in raising awareness of men’s health issues.

In the lead up to the annual EJ Whitten Legends Game at AAMI Park on Friday 30 August, we presented Ted Whitten Jr and Western Bulldogs Chief Executive Officer Ameet Bains with framed photos of the EJ Whitten Bridge, which was recently widened as part of the $2.2 billion M80 Ring Road Upgrade.

The upgrades were designed to reduce crashes, remove bottlenecks and free up traffic flow for the 165,000 cars and 22,000 trucks who use the M80 Ring Road every day. Since lanes were progressively opened from September 2018, all road users have been enjoying safer travel and improved traffic flow.

As part of the upgrade four red, white and blue pylons, emblazoned with the iconic image of AFL great EJ Whitten kicking for goal, were installed on the approach to the bridge to commemorate the legacy of Footscray’s favourite son.

The photos were taken to mark the end of works on the Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway section of the M80 Ring Road.

The EJ Whitten Foundation has raised over $10 million for prostate cancer research and awareness.

Regarded as one of the AFL’s all-time greats, EJ Whitten bravely opened up about his battle with prostate cancer and sparked the push for greater awareness of the disease and men’s health more generally in an era where men rarely spoke about health issues. The Western Bulldogs actively promote awareness of men’s health with Sons of the West, a free health program aimed at promoting health and preventing disease in men living or working in Melbourne’s west.

Prostate Awareness month is in September.

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