Former greats roll back years in charity match
Some of the greatest footballers to grace these shores will roll back the years in today’s benefit match for ex-Young Men’s Social Club Bluebird Mal Lewis at Bernard Park.
The match will see Bluebirds lock horns with nearby rivals North Village Rams in an Over-40 contest to kick off at 7pm.
Among the seasoned talent on offer will be ex-Bermuda Internationals Anthony (Toe) Dill, Fred (Pinks) Lewis, Wendell (Joe) Trott and Ralph (Gumbo) Bean who have been named in the two opposing squads.
Lewis is the elder brother of former Bluebirds’ winger Mal who was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year. Leukaemia is cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system.
In conjunction with the Dana Faber Cancer Institute, the Lewis family has jump started an online Bone Marrow Donor registry drive to aid in the former footballer’s recovery.
For further details log onto www.marrow.org or call Dawnette at 293-2761, Jocene at 505-0209 or Jill at 332-3112.
Donations will be accepted at today’s match while all players have also pledged to contribute to the worthy cause.
North Village president Shervin Dill hopes today’s fundraiser will be the forerunner of a Benevolent Fund set up to help cover medical costs for past footballers.
“We are going to have some conversations and perhaps we can establish with the BFA a Benelovent Fund to assist players that have come into hard times through illness,” he said.
In the aftermath of the infamous Belco Riots in 1965 the BFA launched the Friendship Trophy competition which, until recent times, was a fund raiser for footballers who had fallen on poor health.
“The Friendship Trophy was designed to assist us with injured players,” Dill said, “and we are going to see if we might be able to revisit that.”
North Village were the inaugural Friendship Trophy winners and are also the competition’s current champions.