Teams took on the three-on-three floor hockey challenge during the BS to Cancer fundraiser Saturday

Teams took on the three-on-three floor hockey challenge during the BS to Cancer fundraiser Saturday

Residents come together for cancer research fundraiser

The fourth B.S. to Cancer fundraiser went off without a hitch last weekend despite the worry of a little rain.

The fourth B.S. to Cancer fundraiser went off without a hitch last weekend despite the worry of a little rain.

The event was held Saturday, June 13 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex and brought silent auction and bake sale items to help increase money going to the palliative care unit at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre, said organizer Craig Sorenson.

The day included head shaving and a three-on-three floor hockey tournament. Teams paid a fee and entered the fun competition intended to get people active.

“The goal is to just have as many teams and have fun,” said Sorenson.

He said that while there were less teams this year, they had more players eager to support the fundraiser.

“I love seeing the town and the community people getting together,” said Sorenson. “As much money as we raise too that’s just a bonus.”

He said there was strong support from businesses and residents and it was their support that helped make the event possible.

“The Town (of Ponoka) and the people have always gone above and beyond for us,” said Sorenson.

Originally the floor hockey games were set to be played on the Scott Seaman Outdoor Rink, but rainy weather made that a challenge. Sorenson said the town allowed them to play on the small indoor rink, of which he was grateful.

His goal for next year is to host the event on Father’s Day.

Originally the B.S to Cancer fundraiser was put together after Sorenson’s father, Bob, a member of the Ponoka Fire Department for many years was diagnosed with cancer, hence the name of the fundraiser B.S to Cancer. The event has grown to bring funds to different cancer or health programs.