Fishing derby brings smiles to kids

by Editorial Staff | May 11, 2022
smiling child holding up a panfish dangling from a worm-baited hook

An outdoors club and charity are partnering once again later this month to put smiles on the faces of children battling cancer.

Help A Child Smile will host its annual private Fishing Derby for its members and their families at the Galt Sportsmens Club in Cambridge on Saturday, May 28.

Since 1987, the charity has been fundraising to send McMaster Children’s Hospital cancer patients to local attractions such as Canada’s Wonderland, Bingemans, special events, and cover treatment-related expenses. It has served over 1,500 families and has sent more than 760 of them to Disney’s Give Kids The World Village in Florida for a week.

Outdoors experience enjoyed

It’s the eighth year of the event, which provides a great opportunity for kids served by the charity, Help A Child Smile Chairperson Joyce Hutson said.

“Our families love that it’s a relaxed, casual outdoor experience that they can share with other cancer families away from the hospital.” she said.

“We have Jeff Wall of Nomad Adventures to thank for creating this special day for our families. And the support from Matthew Moser and the Sportsmens Club’s membership has been amazing. We are so grateful to them for opening their club and hearts to our families.”

The event takes place on the club’s private pond stocked with rainbow trout. Kids will be provided with fishing poles and tackle and will be awarded prizes for the biggest, smallest, and most fish caught, organizers stated. They will also get a fishing rod/reel gift package to take home.

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