The third annual Bats For A Cause softball tournament fundraiser for the B.C. Children’s Hospital is set for July 23 and 24 at the Kelowna Mission sports fields.
This fun corporate softball challenge has a goal to raise $50,000 this year.
“Support from the community has been overwhelming this year,” said Angela McLean-O’Heir, co-organizer of the Bats For A Cause this year with Jane Fletcher.
“With the current level of support from corporate teams, sponsors and donors, we are very hopeful of achieving our goal.
“Children clearly hold a special place in the hearts of the people in our community, and we are grateful for their support and contribution.”
Seventeen teams have signed up for this year, already an increase over the 16-team tournament field last year, and seven more teams are still needed.
To register, go to the website www.bcchf.ca/ batsforacause.
The One Armed Bandits will be out to defend their individual team fundraising title won in each of the last two tournaments, raising a total of $6,911.
Mayor Sharon Shepherd said supporting the B.C. Children’s Hospital is a worthy because spital treats sick kids from across the province and the Yukon. Last year more than 78,000 children were treated at the hospital.
“It’s the only hospital that meets the needs of children,” Shepherd said.
Sunny Leung, spokesperson for the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, said money raised for the foundation helps to both update new technology and life-saving equipment for treating children’s illnesses, and also research for advanced research in areas such as cancer treatment.
The corporate sponsors for Bats For A Cause include Astral Media, Prospera Credit Union, Kelowna Adult Softball Association and the Kelowna-Sunrise Rotary Club.