THE Big V Grand Final rematch between Shepparton Gators and Casey Cavaliers was given a colourful reprise at the weekend, when the two teams took each other on wearing Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation laces.
As well as providing awareness for the importance of organ and tissue donation, the match saw $1 collected for every ticket sold at the door, which lead to more than $100 being raised for the foundation.
Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation Founder, Allan Turner said, “Both teams wore laces to help raise awareness of the importance of tissue and organ donation, which was fantastic. It’s great to have such support and kind donation from the basketball community.
“I have a pretty strong connection with basketball, after having played the game for 21 years, so to see them provide this support at a grassroots level is very humbling.
“The game ended up being a draw and then went into overtime, but the Shepparton Gators couldn’t repeat the result from the grand final match and the Casey Cavaliers took the match by a few points.”
Greater Shepparton Basketball Association Manager, Tony Long said, “This was a great initiative for us. We’ve known Allan for a long time and we all know about Zaidee. We’re just doing our bit to help spread the message of the importance of organ and tissue donation.”