Jo-Anne Ferguson

Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom Jo-Anne!!

Our Interview with Jo-Anne Ferguson of Horseshoe Pines Marina….

When did you get involved with RACH Fund?   Iain Grandy asked Horseshoe Pines Marina to sponsor his team the first year of the tournament. Without hesitation, we threw our hat in the ring. And haven’t looked back.

What attracted you to the RACH Fund in particular?   We were relatively new to Parry Sound. I attended the first tournament to watch the HPM team in action. I  watched some stellar 3-pitch, but got hooked on the community spirit. The camaraderie. The family atmosphere. The sunshine. The busy-ness. The effort. The love. I knew it was an event like no other that I had experienced.

Why did you register as a Participant when you are not playing on the team?   Umm, I did play. You must have blinked. I was a super-star and have been practicing my sprints since last year. And bladder control. And also upping my supply of A535. Highlight last year? Was applying that odourous ointment to my knee. Kailey came running over and asked for some…she thought it was sun screen. Laughed about that one for a while…made me feel old, she did.

All that aside. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. The Higgins family, and their extendeds, mean the world to me. I would do anything to help this cause. Princess Margaret is an amazing centre. And I have an amazing supportive network of friends and relatives that always get behind me. I knew they would help with this cause.

How do you approach others to sponsor you and do you have any tips to share?   Just ask, don’t be shy. Cancer has touched everyone’s life in some way. And no amount of money is too small. And if someone can’t donate, that is okay too. You never know what struggles other people are going through on a daily basis – and they may be donating to other causes. Be gracious, be thankful and be appreciative.

I just send out a mass e-mail to everyone in my contact box. I probably annoy some people with the request, but there isn’t much I can do about that. I have thick skin. And besides that, cancer is MORE annoying.

Would you recommend others get involved as Participants to support their family/friends that are playing and help raise money for the cause?   Absolutely! But my hunch is also that if friends and family aren’t already helping raise money, they are helping behind the scenes…perhaps with child care, volunteering for the RACH itself or just coming out to cheer on a team and have a hotdog and beer.

What do you hope the RACH Fund will achieve in the near future? In the long term?   Near future? The RACH fund already achieves what I, and I think  many others, are looking for. Hope. Hope that a cure will be found, hope that new cancers that keep rearing their ugly heads will be demolished and that those who live with the ravages of this disease never give up hope. That their families are raised up by the support of this amazing community event.

In the long term? Miracles, lots and lots of miracles.

What motivates you to stay involved?   Hope. The Higgins family and their extendeds. The volunteers. The love. And the hope. Always the hope.

Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement and/or providing inspiration?   Everyone involved in the tournament. My husband, my kids, my family.

In your opinion, what is the most important work that the RACH Fund does?   Helping fund the research of Dr. Irish. It is why we do what we do. Again, without that research, without these funds, hope and miracles aren’t possible.

Do you have a message to share?   Never, ever give up!