League of­fers Life­line

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

THE State Bas­ket­ball League (SBL) will help raise funds for Life­line WA with the Swish SBL All Star Games next week.

The league will hit the courts at Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Centre, Floreat on Mon­day, June 6 for the an­nual event, which be­gan three years ago.

Founded by Kiewit Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Jack Cot­ton and his wife Susie, the event has raised more than $160,000 to date for suicide preven­tion ser­vices.

Mr Cot­ton said he started Swish af­ter he felt there was an op­por­tu­nity for a bas­ket­ball event on the WA fundrais­ing cal­en­dar.

“Life­line WA is do­ing im­por­tant work in the area of suicide preven­tion that makes our com­mu­nity stronger,” he said.

“The Kiewit staff wanted to do what we could to help Life­line WA reach more peo­ple who are in need.”

Bas­ket­ball WA com­pe­ti­tions man­ager Adam Bowler said the event of­fered an op­por­tu­nity to high­light the top play­ers on one court.

“It is a priv­i­lege to see the en­tire WA bas­ket­ball com­mu­nity come to­gether on this day and help raise funds for such an im­por­tant cause,” he said.

Life­line WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Lorna MacGre­gor said fundrais­ing events were vi­tal to Life­line WA’s pres­ence in the com­mu­nity.

“These types of events en­sure we build our aware­ness and grow our fund­ing to meet the de­mand of our vastly grow­ing 13 11 14 cri­sis sup­port tele­phone ser­vice and to save lives,” she said.

Doors open at 10am, with the women’s tip-off at noon and the men’s game at 2pm. Tick­ets at the door, $10 for adult and $5 child or con­ces­sion.

State Bas­ket­ball League player Tre Ni­chols.

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