January 20, 2023

The 14th Annual Pink Whistle fundraising campaign is about to start Jan 30th 2023.

Over 600 Basketball Referees are about to gear up with Pink Whistles / Pink Lanyards & this year, many of them sporting EXCLUSIVE Pink & BLACK striped referees jerseys. Referees Coaches, Fans and the entire basketball community have bonded together as there's not one group who has not lost someone to cancer.
Please join us and consider a small donation?
The 3 ways to make donations as below:
If you have any questions, contact us at : pinkwhistlelegacyfund@gmail.com
Ask any referee at any basketball game.

July 25, 2022

The Dolphin Classic, an outdoor 4x4 basketball tournament, returned July 22-24 2022 after a 2 year postponement. The event took place at the newly resurfaced courts at Southarm Community Centre in Richmond and offered free Admission, beer garden and food concessions, and a dunk & 3 point contest.

Every year, the organizers have provided the BC Basketball Referees a unique referees jersey. Past uniforms have included bright orange & even lime green! This year, the Dolphin committee is proud to supply the referees with Black & Pink Stripes, along with their pink whistles and lanyards, in an effort to help raise awareness of the Pink Whistle ~ Cancer Fundraising Campaign. 

Thank you for your continued support of Dolphin Basketball and the Pink Whistle Campaign 


Bruce Watson for Dolphin information ~ bwatson9@shaw.ca
Karn Dhillon for Pink Whistle information ~ kdhillon86@gmail.com

February 7, 2022

Over 600 Basketball BC Referees getting it done with your backing.


Take 2 mins to watch/and a few seconds to share our story.
Thank you for your awesome support.

Karn Dhillon & Mike Craig - GVBOA
Basketball BC Pink Whistle Team

January 28, 2022

The 2022 Basketball BC Pink Whistle fundraising campaign is officially underway.

Starting Monday, all basketball referees in BC are being asked to wear pink whistles with pink lanyards to heighten the awareness of cancer in our lives.

Help us to eradicate this horrible disease.

It’s NOW time to make a difference by making a donation to our cause.

Please hit the link to our donation site:


The campaign is scheduled from Jan 31st – Feb 19th 2022.

No donation is too small.

A tax receipt can be generated electronically in appreciation of your generosity.

This year we’ve also chosen to share the personal stories of some of our supporters.

1) "Hello it's Lawrie Johns.

I have been involved in basketball, including 15 years of officiating. Presently I’m the Executive Director of Basketball BC. This allows me to work with and see the work of basketball officials in BC. More specifically, the referees and their wonderful work with cancer awareness and fundraising for the past 12 years. 

I feel a special familiarity to BC Officials as part of the transition team leading the previous BCBOA into full membership with Basketball BC. Even more important is that I lost my wife Barb to two types of cancer. I’m pretty sure there’s no one I know who’s not been touched by this disease and I pledge all I can to join the battle.

All the basketball community needs to be proud of our officials as they raise dollars to assist the fight with the Pink Whistle campaign in 2022.

2) My name is Chad Clifford ~ Owner and Director of DRIVE Basketball. 

7 years ago I lost my father to Cancer. My mother is a cancer survivor. The initiative created by the Pink Whistle Campaign is something that is very close to my heart. 

The sad reality is, Everyone has been affected by cancer in some form or another.  It’s very important for myself and my family to give back In order to help fight against this awful disease. 

I'm proud to support our Basketball Referees as we look to raise funds and awareness of cancer and I strongly urge you to do the same. 

Please share this e-mail with at least one other person.

Please take a moment to consider a donation.

Karn Dhillon
Basketball BC Pink Whistle Team


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.


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