Water­house FC, Phoenix Acad­emy do­nate $750,000 to cancer

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT -

“Cancer has af­fected some­body we know and it feels good be­ing able to make a con­tri­bu­tion to the Ja­maica Cancer So­ci­ety to help them to do more in help­ing those suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease,” said Bick­nell.

The Phoenix Acad­emy Pres­i­dent Craig But­ler was equally gra­cious af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion. “Cancer is not a death sen­tence for those who can af­ford to get proper treat­ment. I live with cancer and it is painful and heart-break­ing for an adult much less a child. This ini­tia­tive came through the ex­pe­ri­ence it has brought on my own fam­ily, my un­cle died two years ago and my wife’s sec­ond child Tamya died at nine years old and I now face it daily. My sons and the acad­emy came up with the idea to give back to chil­dren suf­fer­ing with cancer and ded­i­cated our win­ter camp and what was to be this friendly game pro­ceeds, to chil­dren fight­ing cancer and en­listed the Water­house team to join us in the ini­tia­tive.

“We trust that the Ja­maica Cancer So­ci­ety will ded­i­cate these funds to help chil­dren in need and fac­ing the dis­ease. Leon, Kyle, Travis, Ke­vaughn and my­self, know sac­ri­fice and pain and we will be there for our countrymen,” added But­ler.

Last year Water­house FC cel­e­brated 50 years of ex­is­tence and had ded­i­cated the char­ity game to their fans af­ter what was a solid year of achieve­ments. In April they went all the way to the fi­nal of the Red Stripe Premier League and only lost out on penal­ties to even­tual win­ners Port­more United.

All the youth teams made it to the semi-fi­nals of their var­i­ous age-group com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the sum­mer and the high­light of the year was the fe­male team win­ning all three ti­tles on of­fer dur­ing the year. “We have had so much to be thank­ful for over the years, mak­ing this do­na­tion to the Ja­maica Cancer So­ci­ety is a bless­ing that we feel priv­i­leged to be able to make hap­pen and we are com­mit­ted to find­ing new and dif­fer­ent ways to work with the Ja­maica Cancer So­ci­ety go­ing for­ward, to the ben­e­fit of the Water­house com­mu­nity,” re­marked Dono­van White, pres­i­dent of Water­house FC.

In ac­cept­ing the gen­eros­ity of the Water­house Foot­ball Club and Phoenix Acad­emy in the form of the $750,000 do­na­tion, Yulit Gor­don, CEO, Ja­maica Cancer So­ci­ety, said. “The Ja­maica Cancer So­ci­ety is grate­ful for these funds raised by the Water­house Foot­ball Club and Phoenix Acad­emy. The funds will be used by the so­ci­ety to in­crease its ca­pac­ity to ex­pand and strengthen its cancer pre­ven­tion pro­grammes among Ja­maican youths. Each year the cancer so­ci­ety ear­marks the month of Fe­bru­ary as its Youth Month and dur­ing this time seeks to ed­u­cate stu­dents across the is­land on the ben­e­fits of mak­ing healthy life­style choices and to avoid those habits and sub­stances that in­crease their risks to cancer. Leukaemia, brain and kid­ney tu­mours are the lead­ing can­cers among Ja­maican chil­dren up to 14 years.”

Yulit Gor­don (cen­tre), chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Ja­maica Cancer So­ci­ety, hap­pily re­ceives the sym­bolic $750,000 cheque from Bruce Bick­nell (third right), chair­man of Water­house Foot­ball Club, and Craig But­ler (fourth left), pres­i­dent of Phoenix Acad­emy. Join­ing in the pre­sen­ta­tion which took place on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, 2019, are Phoenix mem­bers Kyle But­ler (third left), and Water­house Foot­ball Club play­ers Ky­mani Camp­bell (sec­ond right), and An­dre Les­lie (right).

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