Bendigo Bank Spirit fans are being urged to come along to the special Pink Game against the JCU Townsville Fire on Saturday night and acknowledge someone special in their lives who has been touched by cancer.
The Spirit is teaming up with The OTIS Foundation and will wear a special pink uniform as part of their community partnership.
“We all know someone, a loved one, who has been touched by cancer,” Bendigo Bank Spirit captain Kelsey Griffin said.
“Both my grandmothers had breast cancer and my dad is a cancer survivor as well.
“Charities like the OTIS Foundation are close to my heart, and close to hearts of every Bendigo Bank Spirit fan.”
The OTIS Foundation provides retreat accommodation at no cost to those dealing with the challenges of breast cancer. It provides immediate relief and much-needed respite to people who need a short-term break.
“Having time to themselves and their families, away from the battle, can be a Godsend,” Kelsey said.
“I am proud to be an OTIS Foundation ambassador and I am excited the Bendigo Bank Spirit is doing their small bit to help raise money, and awareness, for the inspirational work they do.
“We are partnering with OTIS this Saturday night to recognise the work they do for breast cancer survivors and to let our, and your, loved ones know we are with them all the way.
“I’m calling on the Bendigo Bank Spirit family to come along on Saturday night and join us. Come for someone you love, for someone you have lost or for someone you are fighting for.
“Let us know who you will be there for on social media with #imherefor and show them, like OTIS, they have a whole team behind them.”
OTIS Foundation General Manager Rachel Mason said the organisation was proud to be associated with the Spirit.
“This our second year as a proud community partner of the Bendigo Spirit and we are so pleased with this initiative to develop a Pink Round to support OTIS,” she said.
“Our staff will be at the game rattling collections tins, so please give generously and make sure you get along to the game to support the Bendigo Spirit girls.
“We’re both Bendigo success stories doing our bit to inspire and support women.”
“On top of that, Kelsey has generously agreed to donate $50 for every three-pointer she makes during the season. $50 will pay for one night for one family in one of our retreats.”