Although the Mustangs only had seven players versus the Pinkies who had 12, they held their own throughout the game. Of course, no bias was shown by referee Nathaniel Parkinson who did a great job of protecting the more mature Purple Pinkies from being run over by the Mustangs. Luckily, no immediate injuries occurred during play, but I’m sure there were some sore muscles the next day.
The scoring went as follows:
Pinkies, 15; Mustangs, 8
Pinkies, 33; Mustangs, 22
Pinkies, 48; Mustangs, 29
Pinkies, 54; Mustangs, 40
Redway School principal Julie Johansen not only took abuse on the court, but earlier in the day faced a plethora of flying pies in the face to help raise money for Rotary International’s PolioPlus Program.
She said, “I was covered. I even had to take a shower before the game. But, it sure was a lot of fun and for a good cause.”
This is one of Johansen’s last events at the school as she has taken a job as principal of Toddy Thomas School in Fortuna.
Before the game a free throw shootout was held to raise money for PolioPlus. Rotary’s final tally isn’t in yet, but students and their families from Redway School raised $2,100 for the eradiation of this horrible disease. There are currently only three countries left where cases of polio have occurred in the last year. They are Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan and it is hoped they will be polio-free in the very near future.
As part of the global polio eradication effort in 2010, 2.2 billion doses of the polio vaccine were administered to more than 400 million children during 309 vaccination campaigns in 40 countries. And there was a more than 90% drop in cases for one of the polio-endemic countries - Nigeria.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is committed to achieving a polio-free world. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the GPEI, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also has as a priority the eradication of polio and is working closely with the GPEI.
Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders with 1.2 million members worldwide in more than 200 countries. The PolioPlus program is the organization’s top philanthropic priority. When Rotary launched the program in 1985, there were over 350,000 cases of polio worldwide in more than 125 countries.
Since then, Rotary has worked through the GPEI to help immunize more than two billion children and reduced the number of polio cases by 99%. By the time the world is certified poliofree, Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort will exceed $1.2 billion. This constitutes nearly 14% of all contributions to the global budget through 2010 and represents approximately 66% of private sector contributions to the initiative.
The Garberville Rotary Club is very proud to be part of this endeavor and members have contributed quite a substantial amount over the past few years.
Special thanks goes out to everyone who helped with the door and food, especially Liz Ziganti and Greg at Lotus Mountain for the great T-shirts.
REDWOOD TIMES PHOTOS BY SUSAN GARDNER
1. Ringer Ryder Pfau shoots a free throw for the Redway Mustangs.
2. Garberville Rotarian and Purple Pinkie Tammy Harrison is supposed to be guarding Ryder Pfau.
3. And the Purple Pinkies score - or did they?
4. Garberville Rotarian and Redway School principal Julie Johansen shoots a free throw for the Purple Pinkies. She will be hard to replace on the basketball court next year.
5. The winning Purple Pinkies share the spotlight and trophy with the 7th grade Redway Mustangs after the game.