Great stuff, doesn't surprise me though, I watch each and every game on TV and go to every TiCats game, season ticket holder. The best value for my money in all of sports, love watching guys smashing and hitting each other with great running backs, receivers and kick returners flying around on a huge field that has been going on in this great country of ours for over a 100 years.
And talk about community, last night my wife and myself made bracelets at a restaurant in Hamilton as a Tiger-Cat and CFL fund raiser for cancer services in the community organized by Jarrett Harris who is the coordinator of Sportcares.ca, a little blurb as below. Great to see people at this event even though our TiCats haven't won a game all year, true fans of any sport know that this isn't the most important thing at all:
Hamilton â€“ CFL Fans Fight Cancer is part of a growing movement by CFL fans to take action against cancer in their local community. As part of the Sportcares.ca family of fundraisers, CFL Fans Fight Cancer has helped raise over $50 000 for cancer charities at a grassroots level across Canada and the U.S. in under two years.
Comprised entirely of volunteers who have as much passion for their CFL team as they do for their community, CFL Fans Fight Cancer has a simple goal and motto:
Sack Cancer for the Touchdown of Life, by raising cancer awareness and funds for cancer charities in CFL cities across Canada and we're starting in Hamilton.
How do we do it? First, we get the teamâ€™s blessing and designate a cancer charity(s) for the city. Then we ask the fans for their help with making spirit bracelets and getting involved in our fundraising activities, which include collecting donations for Spirit Bracelets, hosting eBay and silent auctions featuring one-of-a-kind collectibles, and any other activity that helps the fight.
Bracelets? What bracelets? Sportcares.caâ€™s original cancer-fighting efforts started as the Lesâ€™s Fund Initiative, honouring Toronto Rock Lacrosse coach Les Bartley and everyone who is fighting cancer. Les fought cancer to the end, which came for him on May 15, 2005. The primary method of fundraising has been Lisaâ€™s Beads spirit bracelets. After losing their mom, Lisa, to cancer in July 2003, Spencer and Taylor McBride and their three cousins decided to do something to make a difference. Each Lisaâ€™s Beads bracelet is hand-made by a volunteer in the colours of the home team. For a $5.00 donation or more, supporters of CFL Fans Fight Cancer receive a spirit bracelet.
To kick-start this yearâ€™s fundraising efforts, CFL Fans Fight Cancer (Hamilton and Toronto chapters) gathered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a pregame party before the Touchdown Atlantic game. With the help of donations from Reebok Canada, the TiCats, the Argos, Molsonâ€™s, and local Halifax businesses and artisans, we raised over $2400 for the Jeffery Naveux Bone Marrow Transplant Program through a silent auction in Halifax. The response was overwhelming and is just one example of the generosity and compassion in the CFL fan community.
CFL Fight Fight Cancers Promise to you: Every dollar given will be donated to a local cancer charity in the city where the money is raised. One of Sportcares.caâ€™s sayings is, â€œThe money raised in your city stays in your city.â€? In Hamiltonâ€™s case, donations will equally go to the Juravinski Cancer Centre for research and Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre to help Hamilton kids and their families during such an incredible time.
How did Hamilton fans get involved? The organizers of Sportcares.ca are huge CFL fans and season ticket holders in Hamilton. Last year the Sportcares.ca/Lesâ€™s Fund organizers took action after hearing about Hamilton Tiger-Cats GM Ron Lancasterâ€™s brush with cancer and started Hamilton - CFL Fans Fight Cancer.
As the movement grows we hope to have the Saskatchewan-CFL Fans Fight Cancer, and the Ottawa CFL Fans Fight Cancer and the BC-CFL fans fight cancer and so on and so fourth. At the end of the year we meet at Grey Cup and see who did the best and celebrate our efforts.
Whatâ€™s going on eBay? The week before the Labour Day Classic, CFL Fans Fight Cancer will be holding our first online auction, featuring two CFL jerseys: one TiCats home jersey and one Argo away jersey, generously donated by Reebok Canada and signed by the 2005 squads at the Touchdown Atlantic game.
We at CFL Fans Fight Cancer/Sportcares.ca believe in the passion of the fan communities in the CFL, and we want to give everyone in those fan communities the chance to demonstrate that they love not only their team, but also their town and the people in it, too.
Help CFL Fans Fight Cancer grow. Do what you can, give your time, give your money either way you are helping raise cancer awareness and helping you and your neighbours fight a ruthless disease.
For more information on Sportcares.caâ€™s news, fundraisers, and dates, please visit www.sportcares.ca, and for more information on Lisaâ€™s Beads bracelets, please visit www.lisasbeads.ca. Or contact Jarrett Harris, the Sportcares.ca coordinator, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your time and interest! CFL Fans Fight Cancer invites you to join us in activities in your town and help â€œSack Cancer for the Touchdown of Life!â€? Weâ€™ll see you around the game!