The Bjorn Coenraad Kika tournament
About a month ago I was telling you about an amazing charity tournament (the Bjorn Coenraad Kika tournament) that will be organised by Annet van Riel and international top snooker referee Jan Verhaas on the 18th of March in Leiden, the Netherlands in order to raise awareness and money for children that are fighting cancer.
Everything started when the 3-years old Bjorn, the son of their Dutch fellow referee Keesjan Coenraad was diagnosed with kidney cancer. You can read more about it here.
The entire snooker community came together and not only organised the aforementioned event, but also added a special auction that will take place during the actual event. And the auctioned items are beyond you can imagine!
1. 3 SUPER VIP tickets for the 2017 World Championship Grand Finale (40 years since the tournament is held at the Crucible) in, Sheffield, UK. These cards are for all four sessions including backstage passes, a 40-years anniversary goodie bag, photo with the mighty World Championship Trophy, exclusive tour and access to the Champions Dinner and the After Party.
This is also a unique opportunity to meet all former world champions and referees in person.
2. A signed cue bearing the signatures of 13 players that hold a privileged place in the TOP 16; the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson and John Higgins.
3. 3 x 2 tickets for both matches for the opening day of the 2018 Masters (including backstage passes and a (small) tour).
4. The 2017 Dafabet Masters programme, signed by all the players.
5. The 2017 Ladbrokes World Grand Prix programme, signed by all the players.
6. A unique shawl, hand-knitted by Annet van Riel
7. A Michael "Mighty Mike" Van Gerwen (MVG) signed darts shirt (aka. the two-time world darts champion)
8. The original World Cup darts shirt of Raymond "Barney" van Barneveld (aka. five-time world darts champion) signed by the man himself. This is actually a unique item and therefore it can't be found anywhere else!
9. A "180 darts plate", signed by MvG, Barney, Peter 'Snakebite' Wright, Bobby "The Dazzler" George and referee George Noble
11. 3 snooker pictures on canvas (1 x Jan Verhaas & Neil Robertson, 1 x Ding Junhui and 1x Mark Selby & Ding Junhui). Plus an autographed photo of the TOP 16 players from the 2016 World Championship (including the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Ding Junhui and Judd Trump)
12. An enjoyable evening with Roy Stolk (snooker related or just a friendly chat)
13. Various Iron Maiden items which is a tremendous and unique opportunity to all the fans out there! - a pair of Drum Sticks, which were specially made for Nicko McBrain (signed)
- a picture of the whole band with signatures from the entire group
- 3 t-shirts signed by Nicko (1 x Size S, 2 x size 3XL)
- a special DVD with Nicko (this was recorded back in 80s, but re-launched a few years ago and it's also signed by him)
14. The original chairs used in the theatre tour with Within Temptation (only 3 pieces are available)
15. One cue-ball, signed by Ronnie Wood, the guitarist of the Rolling Stone, a balls set 1G pro, with the signatures of Judd Trump and Ronnie O'Sullivan on the case and another balls set 1G pro donated by Saluc.
16. A large photo (150 x 180 cm) of Neil Robertson, taken after he won the World Championship back in 2010 (signed).
17. 1G PRO snooker balls, signed by the aforementioned players, plus Ali Carter, Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty and many others! These balls are all sold separately.
18. An Eredivisie shirt of Ron Vlaar from AZ football with the signatures of the entire AZ-team!
19. Jan Verhaas' signed gloves (the pair will be used during the last session of the 2017 World Championship final)
20. A caricature drawn by cartoonist and snooker referee in training Martin Tench. The caricature can be drawn completely the way you want it!
21. 2017 Coral Snooker Shoot-Out referee shirt with the signatures of all the quarter-finalists: Anthony McGill, Shaun Murphy, Andy Hicks, Anthony Hamilton, David Grace, Xiao Guodong and David Gilbert
22. 2017 Snooker Shoot-Out players shirt signed by Michael White (former winner of this tournament)
23. The real Kika boat (including the trailer, but not the engine).
Those of you unable to reach the tournament or the action can also lend a helping hand by donating money on this JusyGiving.com page, especially opened for this occasion.
Complete information about the story, the organisation that is fighting on behalf on these beautiful souls (Kika) can be found here.
Please take the time to contribute for this is indeed a good cause and bare in mind that every cent counts.
STAND UP TO CANCER!