Pink Night ‘Volley For A Cure’
Published: Oct 18, 2013
The sport of volleyball has helped thousands of Bahamian women through scholarship programs, international and regional exposure and bonding through sisterhood.
On Friday, October 18, the Johnson’s Lady Truckers Volleyball Club, now playing under the Cherry Bombs logo, will host the first ever Pink Night “Volley For A Cure”. The new initiative has been sanctioned by the New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) and is designed to show support to all cancer survivors. Two games will be played at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium, the first tipping off at 7 p.m. The Cherry Bombs will be playing the Central Gas Cougars in the women’s action, and the men’s game will be played between the Warriors and the Champions. All proceeds derived will be donated to the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.
“We decided to host such an event in support of all the women that are fighting or are survivors of breast cancer,” said Kelsie Johnson, captain of the Cherry Bombs. “The idea behind 'Volley for the Cure' is to join in the support and to reach out to the Sister Sister organization. This is our first venture as a club, and we look and hope to do more, as we plan to partner with other schools and civic groups. We are trying to raise $1,500 for the Sister Sister organization. All funds on that night will be donated to them, and we are encouraging persons to come out and support.”
Like other communities and sporting organizations, there have been a number of volleyball players who have been affected, whether a family member, friend or teammate. Head Coach and Manager for the Warriors Oswald Moore said, “I’m happy to be a part of this event. The Warriors is a new club that was recently formed, and this ‘Volley For the Cure’ event is a good idea. Breast cancer has affected all of us. My sister is a survivor; my mother-in-law is a survivor, and I know that some of the ladies that I coached have been touched by it. One has passed on, and another is surviving right now, so whatever we can do to help, we will always be happy to do so.”
Public Relations officer in the NPVA Jermaine Adderley also applauded the efforts and new initiative taken. While thanking the members of the Johnson’s Lady Truckers Volleyball Club for spearheading the event, Adderley showed his support to the members of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.
He said: “It is a great opportunity to host this glamour event. I am so passionate about this because my mom died of breast cancer. We are going to have some exciting play on the court and this is going to be a 'can't miss event'. Volleyball is a very exciting sport, and this night will be a special one because it is for a special cause.”
One of the honorees on the night, Andrea Sweeting, president of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, explained how the group works and encouraged persons to come out and show their support.
“It’s very exciting, just to know that for another year somebody is thinking not only of the sisters but of our community. We realize that whatever is done for us is going to affect someone in the community. This is happening because of the mere fact that our women are being diagnosed so very early with breast cancer, and we have this opportunity to assist them. We wish we can do more, but we know for a fact that every little bit helps. So we are pleading to the public to come out, support and have some fun because that is what this is about, fun and the games. We want the public to have some fun while you help to assist somebody.
“Our women have been diagnosed, they cut away the cancer, and then they have no one to talk to. So we are able to share our joys and our sorrows with each other and that's what the support mechanism is all about."