SBL Swish All Star Games to raise money for suicide prevention services


State Basketball League player Tre Nichols.
State Basketball League player Tre Nichols.

THE State Basketball League (SBL) will help raise funds for Lifeline WA with the Swish SBL All Star Games next week.

The league will hit the courts at Bendat Basketball Centre, Floreat on Monday June 6 for the annual event, which began three years ago.

Founded by Kiewit Australia general manager Jack Cotton and his wife Susie, the event has raised more than $160,000 to date for suicide prevention services.

Mr Cotton said he started Swish after he felt there was an opportunity for a basketball event on the WA fundraising calendar.

“Lifeline WA is doing important work in the area of suicide prevention that makes our community stronger,” he said.

“The Kiewit staff wanted to do what we could to help Lifeline WA reach more people who are in need.”

Basketball WA competitions manager Adam Bowler said the event offered an opportunity to highlight the top players on one court.

“It is a privilege to see the entire WA basketball community come together on this day and help raise funds for such an important cause,” he said.

Lifeline WA chief executive Lorna MacGregor said fundraising events were vital to Lifeline WA’s presence in the community.

“These types of events ensure we build our awareness and grow our funding to meet the demand of our vastly growing 13 11 14 crisis support telephone service and to save lives,” she said.

Doors open at 10am with the women’s tip off at 12pm and the men’s game at 2pm.

Tickets sold at the door, $10 for adult and $5 for a child or concession.

For crisis or suicide prevention support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit Lifeline’s website.