YARMOUTH – The Yarmouth Mariners junior A hockey team hopes to make a sizeable donation to the Dr. Edwin Janke Cancer Centre at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital through the auction of their limited edition 2016 Pink in the Rink hockey jerseys.
The pink jerseys, which have been worn by players during home games in October, are being auctioned off until Tuesday, Nov. 1. The bidding ends at noon.
The Mariners have recognized Pink in the Rink for many years, but this is the largest endeavour they’ve undertaken to help those impacted by cancer.
Like the public, the team itself it not immune to the effects of cancer.
“Cancer has touched everybody, it’s hit me twice and some of the players have experienced it in their families,” says Keith Condon, an owner of the team. “For instance (player) Brodie Butt’s mom who dropped the puck the first night we launched Pink in the Rink is a breast cancer survivor.”
The cost of purchasing the pink jerseys was cost shared with sponsors, so proceeds beyond this will all go to the cancer centre.
As of Saturday, as of 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, the auction total was at $5,718 for the jerseys. In addition to the player jerseys, four other jerseys are being auctioned off that people can have their own name put on.
To bid on a limited edition jersey email Wayne Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 647 384 9978.
You can also find out more information on the Mariners’ Pink in the Rink Facebook page.
The Dr. Edwin Janke Cancer Centre is the regional centre for cancer services in southwestern Nova Scotia. All cancer-related and oncology services and resources are located here on the 4th floor, Building C, of the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. In 2013 the centre was named after Dr. Janke for his vision and leadership that led to the creation of this cancer centre, along with his three decades of dedication and contribution to lives of countless patients.
Condon says the Mariners are proud to be supporting the centre through this jersey auction and other Pink in the Rink initiatives.
“We want to do things for the community and to show our support,” he says.
A cheque presentation will be made at the Mariners’ Nov. 5 home game.