Fishing derby raises over $20,000

Jaxon Sisley won first place for his decorated toboggan at this year’s Family Fishing Derby for Kids with Cancer. The event raised more than $20,000 for local families in need. - photo Brandon Peters
Jaxon Sisley won first place for his decorated toboggan at this year’s Family Fishing Derby for Kids with Cancer. The event raised more than $20,000 for local families in need.
— image credit: photo Brandon Peters


Freezing, but fun. The fifth annual Family Fishing Derby for Kids with Cancer was held this past Family Day and raised $20,470.48 for local families in need. Temperatures were crisp, but Kootenay folks are resilient as about 2,000 participants and volunteers joined in for the many activities. Highlights of the day included a fun shooting and archery gallery for the kids, hockey with the Kimberley Dynamiters and great silent auction prizes. Terry Hart was the grand prize derby winner whose 54cm catch won him a 12’ Lund fishing boat and trailer generously dontated by Fab Rite Services Ltd. Ray Kelly, Josh Pocha, Pat Walkey, and Rob Keown were the runners-up in the adult category, and Dawn Keim won a whopping $2,792 from the 50/50 draw.

Though the adults were more than happy with their prizes, the loudest cheers of excitement came from the kids’ prize category. Thanks to the great community sponsors, this ‘all about the kids’ event really delivered! Seven-year-old Logan Hong’s lucky reel caught him a 42.5cm fish and a 55” television and PlayStation 4 kindly donated by Caliper Machine & Hydraulics Ltd. As the first prize winner, Logan also received the Bill Moffat Memorial Trophy. Two-year-old Avery Phillips placed second with a catch of 36cm. The derby was also fortunate enough to have some incredibly brave cancer fighters and survivors at the event. One of which was Makayla Munro who was the draw winner of a trip to Disneyland from Dacota Freight Services Ltd and $1,000 spending money from the derby. This year Makayla also won the Most Sportsmanlike trophy in memory of beloved Mira Morrison. Another brave fighter is Rhylie Hurley who won a Sunshine Houseboat vacation package for her and her family.

Though the list of winners keeps going. Jaxon Sisley won an awesome Sweet Gestures chocolate dessert for his 1st place decorated toboggan, while furry family members Izzy Macdonald and Dobi Hollingshead won first and second for being the best dressed dogs. All of the kids who participated in the tug-o-war, bean bag toss, and decorating activities also received some great prizes.

The Family Fishing Derby is incredibly thankful for the fantastic and generous community supporters and many volunteers and local clubs who donated their time and talent to make this event possible. An excellent commemoration to Family Day, the proceeds from this event will be helping local families most in need with emergency cancer travel costs and treatments.

As a special note, the derby this year marked the passing of a great friend Scotty Morrison. The derby was first created in memory of Scotty’s wife Mira who lived her life embodying the concept ‘all about the kids’, and after a brave battle with cancer, Scotty joined his lovely wife earlier this year. The derby is uniquely special for many reasons, one of the being to honour good friends and meet new ones. Each year the derby continues to grow and evolve attracting new participants, volunteers, and much-need sponsors from across the Kootenay area. It is an event that rallies Kootenay communities together, provides an opportunity for some outdoor fun, and most importantly, helps children and their families in their time of need. Thank you to everyone who participated and see you next year!

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