JackJumpers turn teal again for SHE

The Tasmanian JackJumpers’ final regular season game against the Perth Wildcats at MyState Bank Arena raised more than $74,000 for the Support Hope and Education (SHE) Gynaecological Cancer Group and the development of a new wellness centre in Hobart.

The JackJumpers partnership with SHE, now in its third year, was inspired by the plight of Jo Harris, who lost her long battle with ovarian cancer in April 2023.

“Jo’s fight and her family’s strength continue to be such an inspiration to our entire club,” JackJumpers CEO Christine Finnegan said.

“Unfortunately, this will be the first edition of this game that she won’t be at which will be an incredibly emotional but important game in the short history of our club.”

Funds raised will support a new cancer wellness centre at the former sight of the Theatre Royal Hotel opposite the Royal Hobart Hospital, a long-held dream of the Harris family and SHE.

“We’ve made a lot of progress over the last 12 months and have now secured a premises with the help of University of Tasmania,” SHE chair Scott Harris said.

“We’re now hoping to have that facility open in the next 12 months and create a sanctuary for cancer patients in Tasmania which is on par with the rest of the country.”

JackJumpers coach Scott Roth said despite finals being on the horizon, the entire team was aware of the importance of pulling on the teal jerseys once again.

“I, and the entire team, are incredibly proud to support the Harris family and make sure we honour Jo’s memory whilst supporting other Tasmanians in need,” he said.

“Our players are obviously really locked in for the finals but they all understand the importance of this game every time it comes around.”

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