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Anglers Drop Anchor at West Coast Fishing Club in Fundraiser

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Richmond, BC – April 22, 2008–The third annual West Coast Fishing Club Fishing For Kids Fundraiser Tournament kicks off this June 5 – 8th at the West Coast Fishing Club’s Clubhouse property on Langara Island in the majestic Queen Charlotte Islands, BC. This unique fundraising tournament has set the bar high for others of its kind and has re-written the book on how to achieve astonishing fundraising goals, all the while offering its participants an unsurpassed experience in adventure and luxury.

Whereas most significant fundraisers require hundreds of volunteers to make the event happen and hundreds of participants to raise the money, the West Coast Fishing Club Fishing For Kids Fundraiser Tournament instead uses its own highly successful fundraising formula. It blends magnificent accommodations and amenities in a remote, helicopter-in-only exclusive setting, gourmet food prepared by one of Vancouver’s top chefs, David Hawksworth, celebrity Canuck participant Willie Mitchell, and top-of-the-line fishing gear and boats, with an intensely dedicated volunteer organizing committee of only six, key sponsors, and just forty participants —all to raise money for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The first two years of the tournament have seen $1 million raised. “This year, we’re directing all of the funds raised toward the expansion of the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital,” says Al Cloke, volunteer member of the Fishing for Kids organizing committee. “No one can dispute the value of research. It gives hope to all of the families in our province with kids battling illnesses.”

The new research complex will double the Institute’s research space and capacity to accommodate a wide range of research programs, including Cardiovascular Sciences; Childhood Diabetes; Genetics; Immunology; Infectious & Inflammatory Diseases; Neurobiology and Mental Health; Nutrition and Oncology.

One of the kids who has benefited from the expertise at BC Children’s Hospital will be a special guest at the West Coast Fishing Club Fishing For Kids Fundraiser Tournament. At the tender age of three months, Matthew Williams was diagnosed with epilepsy, a problem which continued until at age six, his ability to simply function was being severely compromised. Surgery has left Matthew, now, sixteen years old, nearly seizure free. He is a happy, successful high school student and excited to be attending the tournament with the exclusive pack of forty anglers who will be raising funds to help others like himself.

“We aim to create a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience each year for the tournament so that our guests have an amazing weekend fishing for a fantastic cause, and they can come back, year after year to see how we’ll outdo ourselves,” said Brian Legge, co-owner of the West Coast Fishing Club.

The West Coast Fishing Club Fishing For Kids Fundraiser Tournament is an all-inclusive event. The $10,000 entry fee includes return airfare from Vancouver to the Queen Charlotte Islands, all gourmet meals, specialty wines and beverages, luxurious accommodations, all necessary gear, fishing guides and many special surprises over the four-day event. Up for grabs is the top prize of $100,000, a second prize of $25,000 and a third prize of a fully guided trip for two to the West Coast Fishing Club in 2009. To register for the West Coast Fishing Club Fishing For Kids Fundraiser Tournament, call the West Coast Fishing Club at 604-233-9232 or toll free at 1-888-432-6666.

The West Coast Fishing Club operates three lodges on the Queen Charlotte Islands and is owned by Brian Legge and Rick Grange, a full-time resident of the Islands. Its mission is to offer a world class fishing experience to its guests with unsurpassed levels of quality and service, provided by its highly motivated and professional staff, while recognizing its responsibility to the community.
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