March 1st, 20212021 Pink Whistle Campaign

March 8, 2021:
The BCBOA (BC Basketball Officials Association) would like to say:
"THANK YOU" to our friends and family members who have made a generous contribution to our 2021 Pink Whistle Cancer Awareness fund.
We not only managed to hit our fundraising goal, we did so by surpassing our all-time one year donation total.
In 2021, you helped us raise $26,387.00 for a 12 year total of just under $113,000.00.
Our determination to raise funds and awareness without the advantage of "in person cash donations" while watching games in a gym was met with a resounding response from the sporting community and media supporters. 

A month ago, I wondered out loud if the Coaches, Fans & Players missed the Referees as much as we missed being on the court with them.
In a sense I'd say that Covid conditions galvanized us. 
Thank You for finding the silver lining in the clouds.
I'm extremely proud to say that in 2021, we were all on the same team.
Take a bow and let's hear the cheer of the crowd. 🏆

The donation site will remain open so that others might lock in their 2021 tax receipts.
Always take a glance at the donor scroll to recognize our partners. 

On behalf of the Pink Whistle Team:
Mike Craig, Sean March, Eric Kuntz, Brent Sutter, Mike Porteous, Lee Brien and Me, we look forward to seeing you on the court again soon.🏀

Mr. Karn Dhillon
BCBOA Director of Administration

March 1, 2021:

We made it to March and the final donations for Pink Whistle 2021 are trickling in.

The numbers are tracking to take us close to our all-time high of just over $25,000.
Thanks to everyone who have donated and to those who have helped to share our story via social media. 
* A Special Thanks to:
  • Mark Booth at the Delta Optimist / Richmond Review, 
  • Steve Ewen at The Vancouver Sun / The Province 
  • and of course Howard Tsumura of Varsity Letters
Please take a moment and click onto our donation site and celebrate those on our “donor scroll”.

We will wrap things up and let you know our final totals at the end of the week.
On behalf of our Pink Whistle Team, stay safe & stay healthy. 
It’s almost time to watch and enjoy a little March Madness. 🏀

** Special Commemorative attachment

Most sincerely,

Mr. Karn Dhillon
BCBOA Director of Administration

Feb. 22, 2021

Late in December the Pink Whistle committee met via a zoom call to discuss the merits and logistics of running a campaign. At that time, We realized that there was a big chance for no basketball games, no opportunity for cash donations, and no opportunity for our signage to appear at game venues. Today with over $17,000 in new donations, and over $100,000 donated in 12 years, we realize the importance of the 2021 campaign. Despite the speed bumps we were facing, the committee insisted that we continue to raise awareness of cancer. After all, Our speed bumps don’t come close to the hurdles faced by families and our colleagues who have dealt with cancer. The fight continues.

Here’s a look at the BCBOA donation page on the BC Cancer Foundation donation site

If you’re thinking of donating and need a nudge, do take a peek at the collection of familiar names who’ve donated. Thank you to all in the Basketball community (Officials, Coaches, Players, Fans, Supporters) who have donated and who’ve helped to spread the word via social media.

The 2021 campaign ends at the end of this week.
Let’s give it one last push to get it across the finish line.
Please share our story.

Mr. Karn Dhillon
BCBOA Director of Administration

BCBOA ~ Pink Whistle 2021 ~ This time it's personal

This past week, the BC Basketball Officials launched our 12th year of the Pink Whistle campaign. It began when my sister, my nephew and a fellow official were all fighting various kinds of cancer at the same time. Instead of wallowing, I was energized by them so that we could look to find a silver lining in the clouds. The concept of wearing pink whistles to raise awareness of cancer, and to encourage its prevention and eradication was born. In our first year we raised about $2000. As you read this update, we are within a few dollars of the $100,000 mark in overall donations. This badge of honour belongs to those who have battled cancer, the cancer survivors and to you for your ongoing support.

A week ago our opening request was met with a powerful response of generosity. The rally from the basketball family including former players, coaches, referees, fans and sponsors has defied all expectations. Neither Covid nor the cold weather can get in the way of our fight.

For those who have already donated, please share your generosity with friends and family. The words, "thank you" simply cannot express our appreciation for your support.

For those who are considering a donation, please click onto Our online donation site:

Your 2021 tax receipt is easily attainable when you donate here.
Also, the scroll of donors is indeed impressive as it displays unheralded support for this initiative..... WOW - what teamwork !!

Again, on behalf of our Pink Whistle Team, Let's CRUSH cancer.
We only have about 2 weeks remaining in the campaign.
We only have about 2 weeks remaining in the campaign.
Here's our You Tube video for 2021:

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Most sincerely,

Mr. Karn Dhillon
BCBOA Director of Administration


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