Ramblers, NSCC team up to fight cancer, again

Darrell Cole
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Skate 4 Prostate on Nov. 30

The Amherst Ramblers are joining forces with NSCC Amherst to host the Skate 4 Prostate Game on Nov. 30 against the Weeks Crushers.

NSCC Amherst student Marsha Gallant, Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers president Jim Henwood and Cayne Amos from Archway Insurance look over plans for the Skate 4 Prostate Game with student Venessa Webb, instructor Peggy Carter and principal Don McCormack. The game, that will raise funds for prostate cancer research, is set for Nov. 30 at the Amherst Stadium.

AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers are joining forces with the Nova Scotia Community College to paint the town blue in support of prostate cancer.

Presented by Archway Insurance and Wawanesa, the Skate for Prostate game on Saturday, Nov. 30 will feature the Ramblers against division rivals the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.

“Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian men. One in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime,” Ramblers president Jim Henwood said. “We’re hoping this event will help raise some money for cancer research, but also raise awareness among people about understanding their own health, how to protect themselves from cancer, how to recognize the early warning signs and when and how to engage in screening that’s available.”

Tickets to the game are $10 per person with a limit of 2,000 tickets being sold in advance. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society, while there will also be special event T-shirts for sale and the jerseys worn by the players will be raffled off that evening.

“We are thrilled to be part of this awareness and fundraising event,” Mike Stack of Archway Insurance said. “So many people are touched by cancer. Any opportunity we have to help the people of our community beat this disease is a wonderful thing.”

Both the Town of Amherst and the Municipality of Cumberland are working with the team and the college as partners for the game.

For the Ramblers, it’s the second time they have partnered with the business administration project management course at NSCC Amherst.  In February 2011, the Ramblers hosted a Pink in the Rink event raising money for breast cancer research.

“Our players understand the importance of working together as a team. Any opportunity we can help men detect, deter and defy this disease sends a powerful message that we can and will fight back against cancer. Together we will win.”

Business faculty member Peggy Carter said the Pink in the Rink initiative was a huge success in which the students gained value experience in organizing a major project and the Canadian Cancer Society benefitted from awareness and fundraising.

She sees that happening again.

“It’s a great learning tool for the students and aligns with the college’s strategic plan to develop links with the community,” Carter said.


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Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Archway Insurance, Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers Canadian Cancer Society Skate for Prostate

Geographic location: AMHERST, Pictou County, Cumberland

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