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2nd Annual Cancer Awareness Ball Hockey: Donations welcome

March 31, 2017 - April 2, 2017

To Whom It May Concern:

Re: Donations for 2nd Annual Cancer Awareness Ball Hockey Tournament

This coming April 14-16, 2017 we will be hosting the 2nd Annual Cancer Awareness Ball Hockey tournament.  This tournament was started back in 2016 as a way of raising funds for people in our communities that are fighting various forms of cancer.  

Cancer continues to affect many families, emotionally, physically, and financially in our communities.  This tournament is a way for us to give back and help to ease some of the financial burden at a time when it is needed the most for these families. 

Last year’s tournament saw us raise $4,740. This was divided equally between three recipients to go towards the costs associated with travelling for their treatments. This year we plan to raise funds for five people that are in various stages of their battle against cancer. 

The more we are able to fundraise to cover the costs of hosting the tournament, the more we are able to provide help to those who really need it.  That is where your support can make a real difference. 

We are seeking donations to go towards gym fees, awards, t-shirts and concession.  Concession donations can also include water, pop, food, cutlery, plates, etc.  Any contribution is greatly appreciated. Those who donate $250 or more will be acknowledged publicly at the tournament.

The following awards are available to be sponsored in the name of your organization or friend or family member:

12 Men’s Allstar - $25.00 each

8 Women’s Allstar - $25.00 each

For further information or to make a donation please contact,

Shae Doiron at 250-735-1983, or

Lory Campbell at 778-421-4535

The cancer awareness ball hockey tournament was put together last year by a group of people whose loved ones were battling cancer and struggling with costs like treatment or travel costs to appointments. Jerilynn Erickson came up with the idea and Shae Dioron and Lory & Judy Campbell joined to help organize the event.

With little time to prepare, the small group of organizers pulled in enough teams to make more than $4,740 in profit which was divided equally between three Nuu-chah-nulth people stricken with cancer.

Shae noted that some expenses are not covered by patient travel or medical benefits and some families struggled with treatment costs (not covered under medical insurance) or the cost of the ferry trip to get to medical appointments.

Sadly, two of last year’s recipients of the tournament’s proceeds have joined their ancestors. The planning team wishes to honor them by making memorial awards to this year’s Most Valuable Players. The female MVP would win an Anita Shievink Memorial Award and the male MVP will win the Lawrence ‘Squeak’ Campbell Memorial award.

This year organizers plan to raise funds to support five people battling cancer. In order to protect their privacy their names are not being published but Doiron says one is Ahousaht First Nation, two are from Port Hardy and two are Tseshaht First Nation.

There is space for 12 Men’s Ball Hockey teams with an entry fee of $350 and eight women’s teams with an entry fee of $300.

Because the tournament is taking place Easter Weekend the planning team hopes to sell turkey dinner plates to raise more funds. They are looking for donations in the form of cash or food and supplies for the dinner. In addition, they are looking for sponsors for the various prizes that will be awarded.

There is a raffle planned to help offset the costs of hosting a tournament. “We have gym rentals, kitchen rental, supplies, prizes; and the more we raise to cover those costs, the more we give to help the people,” said Doiron.

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