24th May 2019, 12:34 | KeighleyCougars
Keighley Cougars home fixture against Oldham tomorrow evening (6:30pm) will see the Cougars host a cancer awareness game.
The idea is the brainchild of chairman Mick O’Neill who himself is a prostate cancer survivor with the idea behind the event to promote the importance of being checked for cancer as well as raising money for a number of cancer charities in the local area.
Local charities being supported are the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, Cancer Support Yorkshire, Bosom Friends of Bradford and Keighley and Airedale Cancer Support.
The Cougars themselves have launched a one-off charity pink kit for the occasion with the shirts on sale to supporters for £35 through the Keighley Cougars website, cougarmania.co.uk
The club’s highly rated and award winning matchday programme, #CDQ, has also been turned pink in a one-off special for the cancer awareness game and can be bought at the ground on the evening for £2.
The club have also launched a crowdfunding page to raise money for the charities with all monies raised on the day to be placed on the page with the final total to be split evenly between the supported charities.
You can donate to the crowdfunding page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/keighley-cougars-cancer-awareness-2019
Former Keighley and current Oldham full-back Ritchie Hawkyard is fundraising for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice after agreeing to dye his hair pink for charity with the current total standing at £355 with the player looking to raise £500.
You can donate to Ritchie’s cause at justgiving.com/fundraising/keighley-cougars
The Bosom Friends of Bradford are holding a charity bake sale at the ground on the evening with the club also attempting to break the world record for the world’s largest conga in another attempt to raise fund.
Other events on the day will see an under 12’s curtain raiser at 4pm between the Silsden Stormettes and Batley Girls.
The Keighley Cougars Dance Academy will be performing live as well local band Night Patrol who will be on stage in the Hall of Fame Bar both before and after the game.
There will also be a host of club legends returning for the evening with Hall of Famers Ian Gateley and Phil Stephenson, Andy Stephenson, Chris Robinson, Joe Berry and Jason Critchley in attendance.
The game is pay on the day with admission prices set at £10 for Adults (18-64), £5 for Concessions (13-17, 65+, Students & Disabled) and FREE for Under 13’s.