Waterhouse FC, Phoenix Academy ex­ec­u­tives do­nate $750,000 to JCS

The Star (Jamaica) - - Sports -

On Sun­day, De­cem­ber 30, last year hun­dreds of fans packed into the Waterhouse Sta­dium for the char­ity game be­tween Premier league lead­ers Waterhouse FC and Phoenix Academy All Stars.

The Premier League lead­ers won the game as both teams treated the fans to some good foot­ball. The true pur­pose of the game, how­ever, was to gen­er­ate dona­tions for the Ja­maica Can­cer So­ci­ety (JCS) to as­sist chil­dren liv­ing with can­cer.

The ef­fort gen­er­ated $750,000 from six key donors – Tankweld Me­tals, Bruce Bick­nell, Dono­van White, Craig But­ler, Leon Bai­ley, and Kyle But­ler.

In a pre­sen­ta­tion to Yulit Gor­don – CEO, Ja­maica Can­cer So­ci­ety (JCS), at their Red Stripe Mon­day Night Foot­ball game on Jan­uary 7, Bruce Bick­nell and Craig But­ler handed over the cheque for the sum raised and com­mit­ted to con­tinue to work with the JCS.

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

The Phoenix Academy and St An­drews FC (Malta) pres­i­dent, Craig But­ler, said they are com­mit­ted to help­ing the chil­dren.

“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.

FEEL PRIV­I­LEGED

“We trust that the Ja­maica Can­cer So­ci­ety will ded­i­cate th­ese funds to help chil­dren in need and fac­ing the dis­ease,” But­ler con­tin­ued.

Dur­ing the last year, Waterhouse FC cel­e­brated 50 years since the club was founded in 1968 and had ded­i­cated the char­ity game played on De­cem­ber 30 to their fans after what was a solid year of achieve­ments.

“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 JCS go­ing for­ward, to the ben­e­fit of the Waterhouse com­mu­nity,” re­marked Dono­van White, pres­i­dent of Waterhouse FC.

JCS’ Gor­don, in thank­ing Waterhouse FC and Phoenix Academy, said the funds would be used by the so­ci­ety to in­crease its ca­pac­ity to ex­pand and strengthen its can­cer pre­ven­tion pro­grammes among Ja­maican youth.

IAN ALLEN KINGSTON:

Cardel Ben­bow (right) of Mount Pleas­ant United evades a tackle from Cha­vany Willis of Port­more United dur­ing their Red Stripe Na­tional Premier League match at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6. Port­more United won 1-0.

CON­TRIB­UTED

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

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