Women of Valor assist chemo unit

A basketball club for girls raised more than $1,500 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society at a bake sale at A.L. Thompson’s this month. 

The Women of Valor, for girls and young women between the ages of nine and 23, not only practice and play basketball, but also come together to pursue community projects. All proceeds from the bake sale went toward building the Cancer Society’s new chemotherapy unit at the Cayman Islands Hospital. 

Club coach and founder Redver Ebanks said: “We would like to thank the girls for their time and effort and our corporate sponsor BCQS International for their generosity. Being civic minded and giving back to the community are qualities that we try to cultivate amongst the young women in our club. We saw this as a perfect opportunity to help with a great cause.” 

The girls raised nearly $800 selling cakes and other baked goods but many generous passersby did not purchase anything, instead providing charitable donations. Property and development consultants BCQS International matched the proceeds, making the total contribution almost $1,600. 

Women of Valor member Ray Doxey said: “Our organization helps mold young women into good citizens. Women of Valor isn’t just about playing basketball, it is a place where girls come together to learn about leadership and teamwork, as well as gaining a sense of purpose and focus.”  

News of the donation comes after a successful summer for the club that resulted in trips to Florida for camps. The squad attracted the attention of U.S. scouts at Nova Southeastern University in Davie and Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach. Most of the girls were part of the Welly’s Cool Spot team that won the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 National Women’s League championship. 

One of the club stalwarts is 16-year old Chloe Powery, who said helping the Cancer Society is key in fulfilling the group’s social responsibility. 

“The main aims of the Women of Valor is to keep girls busy and off the streets,” Powery said. “I love playing basketball, but it is more than that – the goal is to encourage girls to be productive and involved with something that is positive both for themselves and others. 

“We decided to fundraise for the Cancer Society because Cayman has a lot of cancer patients and we wanted to help and give something back to the community.” 

Jeremy Superfine, Director at BCQS International, was pleased to be involved in the initiative, saying: “We are delighted to be able support these young ladies with their fundraising for the Cancer Society’s new chemotherapy unit currently under construction. BCQS are construction and cost managers for this exciting project, so I can understand how difficult it must have been for those who have brought the project to the construction stage. 

“Whilst the facility is only 1,000 square feet, it is a complex refurbishment project that will provide a more comfortable place to have treatment. Without the support of excellent contractors, material suppliers and design consultants who are contributing much of their time, this project would not have been possible to complete within the available budget. We thank the Women of Valor for their efforts in supporting this.” 

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Chloe Powery is a top basketball prodigy. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES

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Redver Ebanks is club founder.

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The Women of Valor made their check presentation at the new chemo lab.
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