Written by Jessica Boldt, Fund Development Coordinator, Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

Local health care workers have fun and raise funds for Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation.

On Saturday, April 25, local health care workers descended on Envision Athletic Centre to compete in the 1st Annual “Game of Throws” dodgeball fundraiser. Participants returned to the days of recess in a fun, but competitive, tournament that raised almost $10,000 for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation.

“The Wack” Dodgeball League was on hand to help moderate games and even joined in play as “ringers”. In the round robin-style tournament doctors, nurses and support staff squared off against each other in six rounds of fast-paced play. Dressed in everything from tie-dyed shirts, stethoscopes and helmets, teams were there to have fun.

The finals saw a spirited match between “The Artful Dodgers” (Whatcom Medical Clinic, Abbotsford) and “We Dodge Hard, We Dodge Ken Harder” (UBC Residents, Chilliwack). The “Artful Dodgers” proved victorious, winning the best-of-five, sudden-death match. The “Golden Bedpan” trophy will be proudly displayed at Whatcom Medical Clinic until next year’s tournament. The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation would like to thank presenting sponsor Fraserway RV for their support of this event.

Jessica Boldt, fund development coordinator, Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation said: “Fraserway RV was an enthusiastic and generous partner. This tournament would not have been possible without their efforts.” Innovative Fitness was an enormous help, providing swag bags and prizes, and leading the warm-up prior to game play.

Additional support from Nestle Water, Natures Path, Save On Foods (Whatcom and South Fraser Way locations), Esposito Group, Blue Monkey Coconut Water and EZee Hoarding Construction made the day a great success.

"The tournament allowed staff a venue to build morale, focus on wellness and raise much needed funds for health care in their community,” said Liz Harris, executive director, Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation.

The Foundation is already reviewing ideas for next year’s event, “Game of Throws – Bigger, Badder, Better”. If you want to support this fundraiser please contact Jessica Boldt.

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