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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 16:11

Team members hoping Redneck Betties’ calendar is another success

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Swift Current’s Redneck Betties may be enjoying some time off, but they are still hard at work raising money for their club and for another great cause — men’s health.

For the third consecutive year, the Betties have put together a beautiful calendar, featuring some of the faces from the team. This fundraiser gives them a bit of a cushion to start off the year with their first bout.
The calendar will be released at the Gimme Mo’ Betties Movember fundraiser, where the Betties will have raffles, a silent auction, and other events. All of the money raised from those activities goes to support Movember Canada.
The Gimme Mo’ Betties fundraiser is set for Nov. 17 at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current. Tickets are  $10, and the event begins at 7 p.m.
“The first year, we weren’t sure how it was going to go, since we hadn’t even played a game yet,” explained Nikki Cherrington with the Redneck Betties. “It went over really well, and it was so popular that we did it again. Now that we are out playing games and people know who we are, the calendars are really in demand. We are definitely anticipating another successful year.”
Although putting together the calendar is quite a bit of work, Cherrington noted it’s still a lot of fun. This year’s calendar left the themes up to the models — each of the Betties was able to choose what she wanted to do for her image, as long as it worked with the month she was chosen to represent.
“We have a great photographer who makes us all look so beautiful, and I think the girls are starting to get used to having their picture taken,” Cherrington added. “It’s such a great opportunity for them to feel good about themselves, and feel pretty for a day and then for the whole month when their picture is up. I think it’s really great for all of us.”
“We concentrate on women all year, but it’s important for us to give back to the men in our lives who help us do what we want to do,” explained Cherrington. “That’s the main focus for the fundraiser, but it’s also a chance for us to release the calendars, so that people can buy them and get them signed.”
After a successful season on and off the track, the Betties are feeling good about having a bit of a chance to relax before practices start up in January. Cherrington added they have some new goals to focus on for the upcoming season, which she is excited about. She hopes the team will continue to see support from the community.
“We really can’t survive without the fans, without that support,” she admitted. “It’s expensive for us to run a game, and it’s exciting for us having people engage with us, and be emotionally invested in who we are and what we are doing. I don’t think it would be as rewarding as it is if we didn’t have that kind of support. Being able to connect with people this way is just so great.”

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