The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club will wear specially-designed Don Cherry-themed jerseys and socks on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m., when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It’s all part of WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX which sees all 17 Canadian Western Hockey League markets host this awareness game.
The limited edition uniforms will only be worn Saturday and display Hitmen masks on both black socks and a black jersey designed as a Don Cherry sports jacket. A high white collar, red tie, pocket square, custom cuffs featuring Don Cherry’s initials with a Canadian maple leaf and a Kidney Foundation of Canada shoulder patch complete the one-of-a-kind look.
“Creating awareness surrounding the importance of organ donation in Canada is both close to my heart and paramount to helping people across this beautiful country of ours,” said Cindy Cherry, daughter of Don Cherry and fund development & marketing associate for The Kidney Foundation of Canada. “It makes you wonder why everyone hasn’t registered to be an organ donor like I have. I’m grateful to both the Western Hockey League and RE/MAX for coming together on this important initiative in support of The Kidney Foundation of Canada.”
When doors open at 6:00 p.m. the first 900 fans will receive a special-edition Don Cherry bobblehead while 2,500 limited-edition Don Cherry trading cards, courtesy of Upper Deck, will also be handed out upon entry. There will be a Kidney Foundation Booth, located on the concourse behind section 227, featuring a life-size Don Cherry cardboard cut-out for photo opportunities.
Fans will be able to bid on the stylish Don Cherry-inspired uniforms at ElevateAuctions.com. The online auction opens game time Saturday and will close on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8:00 p.m., with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the local chapter of The Kidney Foundation. In addition to game-worn and game-issued uniforms, fans can also bid on a Don Cherry-autographed jersey.
Close to 4,600 Canadians are currently awaiting an organ donation – 76 per cent of whom require a kidney.
“Thanks to our longstanding WHL sponsor RE/MAX, we are proud to partner with Don Cherry and his family in promoting organ donation and support for local Kidney Foundations,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Our WHL markets in Western Canada provide an ideal venue to promote important causes such as this and we look forward to working with our friends at RE/MAX to raise further awareness of the importance of organ donation.”
The Kidney Foundation is a cause close to the Cherry Family as Don’s son, Tim, received a kidney transplant from his sister Cindy. With close to 4,500 Canadians awaiting organ donation today – 76 per cent whom require a kidney – the Cherry family, RE/MAX and the WHL have come together to create the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX awareness campaign in support of The Kidney Foundation.
“RE/MAX of Western Canada is excited to partner with the Cherry Family and the WHL to help promote the importance of organ donation,” said Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada. “These themed games will be fun for fans, and will help generate support for The Kidney Foundation of Canada.”
To receive more information on this promotion or to sign up to be a donor visit CanadaDonates.ca for more details.
About The Kidney Foundation
The Kidney Foundation of Canada exists for the enhancement of kidney health, reducing the burden of kidney disease, and a cure. Since 1964, The Kidney Foundation of Canada has contributed over $115 million to medical research to ensure that treatment options and patient results continuously improve, and that effective provincial and federal policies and strategies exist for kidney research, kidney care, organ donation, and transplantation.