VANCOUVER, B.C. – The West Coast Fishing Club announced that the 10th Annual Fishing for Kids Tournament raised $1 million for the Canucks Autism Network (CAN), surpassing last year’s total by $200,000.
The 46 anglers were welcomed home yesterday at the YVR South Terminal from The West Coast Fishing Club, located in BC’s picturesque Haida Gwaii. Tournament winner, Bob Wallis, of Vernon, caught a 34 pound Chinook during the three day event and donated the whole of his $200,000 winnings back to CAN. Bruce Langeris, last year’s winner, presented the prized fishing trophy to Wallis. Brian Legge, co-owner of The West Coast Fishing Club presented the $1 million dollar cheque to the Canucks Autism Network, received by Vancouver Canucks owner and CAN co-founder, Paolo Aquilini and CAN CEO, Katy Harandi.
This year’s remarkable milestone was achieved by a group of just 46 anglers from business and community leaders across Canada. Special guests this year included Vancouver Canucks Dan Hamhuis and Frank Corrado, Vancouver Canucks Coach Willie Desjardins, Canucks General Manager Jim Benning, NHL players Willie Mitchell and Manny Malhotra, CAN Founder Paolo Aquilini, Vancouver Canucks Alumnus, Kirk McLean and former Vancouver Police Chief, Jim Chu.
Funds raised will benefit the Canucks Autism Network, which was founded by Paolo and Clara Aquilini in 2008. The charity supports over 2000 families living with autism in British Columbia and welcomes hundreds of new families every year. The prevalence of autism has increased dramatically in recent years, to one in 68 children and more than 10,000 in B.C.
“We’re so grateful that the tournament allows us to support the growing number of families in need in this province,” says Paolo Aquilini. “The funds will help the inspirational children and young adults who are struggling with the daily challenges of autism.”
“We are thrilled to have made such a meaningful impact on the lives of BC children in-need in just 10 short years,” says Brian Grange, Director of the West Coast Fishing Club. “Thanks again to the Vancouver Canucks organization for their ongoing support and to the global financial specialist Macquarie, who returned as our title sponsor for a fifth year running.”
The Fishing for Kids Tournament is made possible thanks to the generous support of its sponsors. The major sponsors this year included: Macquarie, The West Coast Fishing Club, Vancouver Canucks, Ledcor Group of Companies, Helijet, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and Delta Group. For more information on The West Coast Fishing Club’s Fishing for Kids Tournament, call toll-free on 1-888-432-6666 or visit www.fishingforkidstournament.com.
About West Coast Fishing Club The West Coast Fishing Club was established over 25 years ago, with the premise of offering anglers first class Salmon fishing adventures in the Pacific North West. With three lodges situated on the most northern tip of Haida Gwaii, all offering first class accommodations and service. Each one of the lodges offers a slightly different adventure, within convenient proximity to the world’s best ocean fishing experience. The West Coast Fishing Club prides itself on dedication to the local community and the urgent need to maintain wilderness resources for future generations. For more information call toll-free 1-888-432-6666 or visit www.westcoastfishingclub.com
About Canucks Autism Network The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is a non-profit organization that provides year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, and social programs for individuals and families living with autism, while spreading awareness and providing training in communities across British Columbia.