Cheering could be heard throughout the day on May 9th at the 5th Annual Anneswer to Cancer soccer tournament, but the biggest cheer of the day came when a cheque for $45,375 was presented to Victoria Hospice. That brings the total amount raised by the annual soccer fundraiser to over $215,000 since 2011.
The family friendly event was a hit again this year with over 250 players, including children, youth and families, joining in the fun. Players competed in a round robin tournament and various other events including penalty shot, radar machine, and juggling contests. This year there was even a minis tournament for ages 6-8 which included special guest appearances by the Victoria Superheroes. Players raised money through pledges, door-to-door canvassing, bakes sales, and online fundraising with a silent auction, poster contest and concession adding to the day’s tally.
“We are overwhelmed by the support that groups like these incredible people give to our organization,” Victoria Hospice Executive Director Mischelle vanThiel said after the festivities wound up Saturday afternoon at Topaz Park in Victoria.
The fifth annual fundraiser, started by Brett Hyslop and Steph Steiner of World Cup Soccer Camp in memory of Brett’s mother Anne who passed away at Victoria Hospice in 2010, has become a tradition for families all over Victoria on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.
“My mum died in my arms on Christmas Day” shares Brett. “She only spent 12 hours at Victoria Hospice but I am forever grateful to the men and women who cared for her, and me, with such a deep level of compassion.”
The 100% volunteer run event is a fundraiser for Victoria Hospice and also raises awareness about mesothilioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
Victoria Hospice thanks Brett Hyslop and Steph Steiner of World Cup Soccer Camp, sponsors, donors, volunteers and especially the children, youth and families who participated in the 5th Annual Anneswer to Cancer for their outstanding support of end-of-life care.