Digicel Honours Cricket Player at Third Digicel ODI
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Basseterre, St. Kitts: The 3rd Digicel ODI was an emotional one for the West Indies team as the players paid tribute to their fallen teammate Runako Morton of Nevis in various ways, including declaring Wednesday Runako Morton Day and observing a moment of silence for Morton’s memory before start of play. Digicel also recognised the contributions of another former cricketer, St. Kitts National Cricket Team batsman Codville “Caddy” Rodgers, on the same day by inviting his wife, Vincia Rodgers, to participate in the coin toss at the start of the match.
Thirty-six year old Rodgers played for the St. Kitts National Cricket team for 15 years and the Leeward Islands Cricket Team from 2003 to 2010. Sadly, “Caddy” was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, and is currently in the United States receiving chemotherapy treatment for this curable disease. The Rodgers were chosen by Digicel to participate in the coin toss in order to bring awareness to Codville’s condition and the fundraising efforts that are ongoing to help with his increasing medical costs.
“I am honoured to be able to represent “Caddy” here today because I know how meaningful it would have been for him to be here himself if he was able,” said Mrs. Rodgers. “He has a long road ahead of him but he is doing well, and I thank Digicel for giving us the opportunity to be a part of the sport that he loves so much, and for assisting in getting the word out about our fundraising.”
“Digicel is pleased to have Vincia join us at the coin toss and bring attention to Caddy’s illness so that hopefully he can receive the financial support that he so desperately needs,” said Nicola Sutherland-Hawkes, Digicel Group Sponsorship Manager. “As a sports ambassador for St. Kitts during his time as a national cricketer and now as a sports coach in the St. Kitts Government’s Ministry of Sports, it is evident that Caddy has made a valuable contribution to the sport of cricket, and having him and his wife take part in an international cricket match is just our small way of thanking him for all he has done to advance the game here in St. Kitts. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he undergoes treatment, and we look forward to hearing good reports about his recovery.” Donations to Rodgers’ medical fund can be made at www.codvillerogersrecoveryfund.com or at the St Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank.
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