Police officers from a number of St. Joseph County departments will poke fun at the stereotype of cops hanging around doughnut shops today and tomorrow at the second annual event Cops on Top of the Doughnut Shop. The two-day fundraiser is sponsored by the Special Victims Unit sector of the Family Justice Center (FJC), a St. Joseph County non-profit that offers services for abused individuals. “During the two-day time period, police officers from various agencies in St. Joseph County, including Notre Dame [Security] Police, will ‘live’ on the rooftop of Krispie Kreme … to bring attention to the issues as well as to raise funds to help combat these crimes,” Sareen Lambright Dale, director of the FJC, said. The event will take place at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at 5615 N Main Street in Mishawaka. Officers from the Special Victims Unit are partnering with Notre Dame Security Police, St. Joseph County Police, the South Bend Police Department, the Mishawaka Police Department and the Lakeville Police Department to staff the roof. Activities at the event include doughnut-eating contests, cornhole tournaments, Zumba, fingerprinting and pumpkin painting. “We hope to raise around $15,000,” Dale said. “We also want to raise awareness about our programs and how people can get help if they’ve been abused.” Proceeds from the event will benefit services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, including child molestation, rape and intimate partner violence, Dale said. The fundraiser will also donate profits toward the FJC’s victim and family support services, education programs and information and referral services, as well as The Protective Order Project, which grants protection orders to about 1,500 local residents per year. “We hope to gain support from the community. We are hoping for a big turn out to raise awareness for the cause as well as raise money for the organization,” Saint Mary’s senior Kristina Sorensen, who works at the FJC, said. “[FJC is] planning on moving to a better location during our Winter break. The money would help out greatly with the move and the start in their new location.” The FJC provides services to victims of domestic violence and their families in order to get their lives back on track, according to the center’s website. Their programs include confidential assessments, the distribution of emergency cell phones and a Clothes Closet and Diaper Bank. Later in Oct., S-O-S, a partner program of the FJC who holds a 24-hour crisis line, will hold a fundraiser called A Cut for a Cause at Haircrafter’s in South Bend.
Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says women could make big impact in T20Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has put forward a proposal for the creation of a T20 cricket tournament for women in the region.Grange concept is one similar to the format currently being played by males in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Expand opportunities for women cricketers in the regionWomen cricketers should afforded the same opportunities she argued. “This is my challenge to you. It’s time to expand access and opportunities for women in cricket in our region,” Grange said. Female cricketers would benefit greatlyShe argued that female cricketers in the region would benefit significantly from the exposure and experience to be gained against the background of a global viewership of more than 130 million for the CPL, which is contested by six franchise teams.Speaking at a breakfast meeting with members of defending CPL champions, Jamaica Tallawahs squad on Thursday, Grange noted that the CPL sponsors were pleased and encouraged by the fact that the CPL, which started in 2013, provides the region’s young male cricketers, with an opportunity to advance their careers.
Iker Casillas is the “pride of Real Madrid”, according to Spain boss and former Blancos coach Vicente del Bosque.The 143-cap international was controversially left out of Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up for the trip to Malaga recently in favour of Antonio Adan.The Spanish champions went on to lose 3-2 in Andalusia but the 61-year-old has backed his skipper to bounce back.“Iker arrived at the age of 10,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.“His parents deserve a lot of merit, having brought him to the training centre, and I don’t think the were made of money.“Iker is the pride of Real Madrid. He is the only one to have come through the youth team, and it would be good to recognise what he was done as he’s done a lot. “He carries the values of Real Madrid.”