Pink Ribbon tournament being held in support of breast cancer research

Published on April 11, 2014
The Pink Ribbon Hockey Tournament is being played this weekend at the Colchester Legion Stadium in Truro in support of breast cancer research. Among women taking part in the event are, first row, Sheila Clarke, left, and her daughter, Makayla Clarke. Second row, organizers Ellie Shipley, Joanne McRae, Gwen Jordan and Margie Hartling. The ladies are sporting jerseys donated to the tournament by Conway Customz and Wildflower Promotional Products.

TRURO - Sheila Clarke feels having a hockey tournament in support of breast cancer research is an awesome idea.

"It's all going to a great cause," said Clarke, of Truro, who recently finished her treatment for breast cancer with great results.

The Pink Ribbon Hockey Tournament, which started Friday, consists of 10 all-female teams playing 22 games during the weekend at the Colchester Legion Stadium.

Clarke said she hopes players will never give up in this tournament, and wants them to never give up on life in general.

"There's always a light at the end of the tunnel," said Clarke said, a member of Di's Divas.

Ellie Shipley, one of the organizers of the event, said she wanted to start the tournament after a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.

"It's affecting so many young women," Shipley said. "We just want to find a cure."

After her team, Di's Divas (named after another friend who survived breast cancer) played in Glace Bay's Hockey Bomb tournament, which was also a fundraiser for breast cancer research, Shipley decided to start her own fundraising tournament in Truro.

"I got my butt moving and I started my own."

Six local teams are competing this weekend, along with one from Liverpool, one from Harlboro and two from Cape Breton.

"It'll be a busy weekend," Shipley said.

Saturday's games run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the stadium. Playoffs will be on Sunday.

A silent auction will be held today, beginning at 8 a.m., to raise additional funds in the fight against breast cancer.

"We've got a lot of things going, including a hockey stick chair," Shipley said.

A live band will play from 7 to 9:30 p.m. tonight in the upstairs lounge at the stadium.

Clarke reminds women that getting tested regularly can lower the risk of breast cancer, and that everything is available right here in Truro.

"I got most of my treatment and surgery in town," Clarke said. "There are perfectly capable doctors here."