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NJ celebrates 60 years, looks to raise funds for Sunshine Girls

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:10 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Netball Jamaica (NJ) will this evening celebrate its 60th anniversary through a banquet and fundraising event at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel with hopes of raising over $500,000, which will be used to offset some of the expenses surrounding the Sunshine Girls’ participation in this summer’s Netball World Cup in England.

The event, which is being staged under the patronage of Minister of Sport Olivia Grange, is set to begin at 7 p.m., with tickets costing $10,000.

Dr Paula Daley-Morris, president of NJ, said her association is desperately in need of all the support that it can get because it is very expensive to send the Sunshine Girls to the Netball World Cup, which will be staged in Liverpool from July 12-21.

“We are trying to raise at least half a million dollars from the event because it is our 60th anniversary, and while we would love to raise funds, it is more to celebrate the fact that we have been in existence for 60 years,” said Daley-Morris.

“We will be awarding the persons that have volunteered and who have helped us to make it to 60 years,” she added. “Whatever we earn will go towards the Sunshine Girls because we are also going to have a silent auction during the event, which is a fundraiser for the Sunshine Girls.”

The NJ boss added that paintings and special memorabilia will be on auction at the event.

“We hope to earn some additional funds from these items that will go towards the Sunshine Girls fundraising drive,” Daley-Morris said.

“We are really asking for the support of the public because it is going to be nice evening. It’s a Friday evening, it is for a worthy cause, and so we want everyone to come out,” she said. “This sport has represented Jamaica well, and so we want persons to just come out and celebrate with us.”