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Posted: January 19, 2015

Family Fishing Derby returns on BC Family Day

Mark your calendars for Monday, February 9 as the Family Fishing Derby for Kids with Cancer returns for its sixth year this BC Family Day.

2015 Derby Poster Web ImageHeld at Horseshoe Lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the annual derby has become a Kootenay tradition bringing together communities and families from Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere, Jaffray, Kimberley, Trail and more.

Uniquely ‘Kootenay,’ this outdoor event keeps the whole family entertained with ice fishing, tobogganing, hockey, and plenty of kids’ games including snow painting, tug-o-war and ice jug bowling.

There are also contests for the Best Dressed Dog and the Best Dressed Toboggan, as well as door prizes, a 50/50 draw and silent auction. In past years, over 1,800 people have participated for top prizes valued at $2,000 and to show their support for local families in need.

FFD 1111amMore than just a fun event, the Derby is a grassroots fundraiser supported by local businesses, media, volunteers and service clubs to help children battling cancer.

Proceeds are distributed by the Canadian Cancer Society to help families with financial support, travelling to treatment, accommodation, wigs, cancer information and peer support. The society also operates Camp Goodtimes, a medically supervised, fun summer camp for children with cancer.

There is always a lot of things for the youngsters to do.
There is always a lot of things for the youngsters to do.

Thanks to the generous support of Kootenay businesses, the derby also helps local children with cancer enjoy a much-deserved vacation from treatment. Dacota Freight sponsors a Disneyland vacation and Sunshine Houseboats sponsors a houseboat vacation on Lake Koocanusa. Children facing cancer from all across the Kootenays will be entered into a draw for these two trips.

To ensure your family is entered, please contact the event organizers.

FFD FatherSonThe sixth annual event is being organized by JCI Kootenay (Junior Chamber International), a young service group committed to creating positive change through leadership, social responsibility, fellowship and entrepreneurship.

Previously, the derby was organized by founder Shane Westle and after five years of an extremely successful event, Shane made the decision to pass along the Derby.

FFD Join the FightJCI member and 2015 Family Fishing Derby Event Chair Mike Matejka explains: “JCI Kootenay is always looking for ways to make a difference in our community and when we heard the Fishing Derby needed help we jumped at the opportunity. The past organizers created something truly amazing and we want to do our best to continue that legacy.”

JCI Kootenay is known best for organizing key community events including Leadercast, Cranbrook’s Santa Claus Parade, Balls of Steele Bocce Tournament and municipal, provincial and federal All Candidates Election Forums.

FFDerby P TerryHartFirstTickets for the Family Fishing Derby are available in Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fernie, Fort Steele and Invermere, as well as online at Snap’d East Kootenay.

Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Everyone needs a ticket to participate in the event.

For more information about the Family Fishing Derby, contact Event Chair, Mike Matejka at 250-919-5532 or at [email protected].  We hope to see you Family Day at Horseshoe Lake!

Ticket locations

FFDerby P MakaylaCranbrook: Mountain Man Outdoors, the Canadian Cancer Society, Barber’s on Ninth.

Kimberley: Overwaitea Foods, SunLife Financial, Home Hardware

Fernie: Extra Foods

Fort Steele: Fort Steele Store & Esso Gas Station

Invermere: Local View Printing & Design

Images from the 2014 derby by Ian Cobb and Carrie Schafer/e-KNOW

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