Most Valuable Donators: Joel Raun and Ryan Demelo helped the Surrey Dodgeball League pull in thousands for the Surrey Christmas Bureau at its second annual Christmas Charity Tournament.

Surrey Dodgeball League shows Christmas spirit

The league's costumed Christmas Charity tournament raises funds for the Surrey Christmas Bureau

Twenty teams, two gyms and two buildings full of charity cheer.

Dodgeballs lined up on the center line, players wearing their jingle bells, elf hats and holiday sweaters rush towards the balls to begin the battle. With each dodge and throw of the ball, they are reminded of how grateful they are to have this opportunity to play, let alone raise money, for such a great cause.

On Dec. 9, the Surrey Dodgeball League hosted its second annual Christmas Charity Tournament at William of Orange and Forsyth Elementary. At the event, all participants had to wear holiday-themed ‘uniforms’ ranging from Santa hats, ugly sweaters, down to vibrant holiday socks.

Surrey Dodgeball is an adult league consisting of members of the Surrey community. In 2014, the league raised over $4,700 for the Surrey Christmas Bureau to help low-income families celebrate the holiday season.

This year, the entry fee for the tournament, plus collections from the community and local businesses, along with personal contributions raised $8,357. All money raised will be contributed to the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

This year’s MVP (Most Valuable Donator) honours were awarded to Joel Raun for raising $700 worth of items and to volunteer  Ryan Demelo who raised $4,240.

The Surrey Dodgeball League was established in 2013 and encompasses individuals from the Surrey community that are passionate about athletics and the dodge. For more information about the league and their upcoming schedule of events, visit: Surreydodgeball.ca.

– Shana Vanderark is an author and mother. Follow her on Instagram @ShanaMamaa

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.

Just Posted

Fraser Surrey Docks mechanic dies on the job

‘This is a very sad day - a worker went to his job this morning and didn’t go home’

PHOTOS: Canada Cup action continues at Softball City

The Futures Gold final is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Softball City’s diamond No. 1

White Rock senior breaks wrist after tripping on gravel patch

74-year-old woman, who fell at the corner of Fir and Russell, says no one stopped to help

Here’s what you need to know about Day 2 at the BC Games

From equestrian to volleyball to swimming, all 18 events in full swing here in the Cowichan Valley

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

VIDEO: Critter Care opens its doors

Thousands attend open house at Lower Mainland wildlife rehabilitation centre

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Most Read