VANCOUVER, B.C. – The West Coast Fishing Club today announced an incredible $820,000 was raised for the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) at the 11th annual Fishing for Kids Tournament.
This year’s remarkable milestone was achieved by a group of just 42 anglers, from business and community leaders across Canada. Special guests included Vancouver Canucks players, Derek Dorsett and Sven Baertschi, Vancouver Canucks Coach, Willie Desjardins, Canucks General Manager, Jim Benning, Vancouver Canucks Alumnus, Kirk McLean, and CAN Founder, Paolo Aquilini.
Tournament winner, Glenn Fereday, of Thompson Bros Construction, caught a 41.6 pound Chinook during the three day event and donated the whole of his $200,000 winnings back to CAN. Funds raised will benefit the Canucks Autism Network (CAN), which was founded by Paolo and Clara Aquilini in 2008. The charity provides community-level support to over 2,000 families living with autism in British Columbia.
“Clara and I are so grateful that this first-class tournament continues to fuel CAN in its mission to provide high-quality programming for the growing number of families living with autism in BC,” says Paolo Aquilini. “With 1 in 68 children now being diagnosed, the need for support is more important than ever.”
“We are thrilled to have made such a meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of BC children in-need in just 11 short years,” says Brian Grange, Director of the West Coast Fishing Club. “We could not do what we do without the ongoing support of our generous sponsors including the Vancouver Canucks organization, Silver Wheaton, Helijet, Delta Group, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and global financial specialist Macquarie, who returned as our title sponsor for the sixth year running.”
The 11th annual Fishing for Kids Tournament, presented by Macquarie, was held at the West Coast Fishing Club in Haida Gwaii from Sunday, August 28th to Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. The tournament’s major sponsors this year included: Macquarie, The Vancouver Canucks, Delta Group, Silver Wheaton, Helijet and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. For more information, please call 1-888-432-6666 or visit 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 westcoastfishingclub.com
About Canucks Autism Network
The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is a non-profit organization that provides year-round, high-quality sports, recreational, social and arts programs for individuals and families living with autism, while increasing awareness and providing training in communities across British Columbia. The prevalence of autism has increased dramatically in recent years, to one in 68 children and more than 11,000 in B.C.