Feature Story                                                                                              Monday, September 8, 2014

 

Going to Bat for Nicaragua

Word & Deed baseball fundraiser raises a mitt full of cash in Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photos

 

Valleyview Heights Church hosted a baseball fundraiser at Townsend Park on Saturday. Below, local Vanni De Bartolo was having fun in the sun.

 

n Saturday, people came from around the Lower Mainland and Washington for a chance to bat some balls for bucks in the 5th Annual Word & Deed fundraiser at Townsend Park.

Each year, Valley Heights Church partners with Word & Deed, a worldwide Christian organization, to help fund projects in different countries. Church members donate up to $20,000 raised through through baseball registration fees.

Chilliwack fire fighter Ben Majaars loves to organize the event and took a moment to speak with the Voice about it.

"Everyone has a good time and the money goes to a good cause. I can't afford to pay $10,000 to help people, but I can spend a few hours to help organize this and get it ready to go," said Majaars.

"It's quite successful and we have teams from Lynden, and teams from Langley coming out here. It's a fun day, we have a 'Fun' division and a competitive division.

 

Last year it was for Malawi. This year it was for sustainable farm projects in Nicaragua.

"They're going in there and they're starting up farms and teaching them how to farm sustainably so they can be self sufficient," he said.

Vanni De Bartolo, who is the Vancouver Whitecaps announcer, and also the pre-game Street Show Host for the BC Lions, said there is no minimum donation. People pay what they can afford.


Ben Majaars umped some of the games. Below, Hofstede's Country Barn store manager Richard Procee (L) was also out on the pitch Saturday.


"It's a great cause and it brings the church community and the baseball community together. So we get out in the sun, have some fun and its for a good cause and it's always good when you can help others in need," explained Bartolo. "Everyone knows about the Third World countries and they're not as fortunate as we are to play in this beautiful area that we live in the conditions that we do, so if we can help them have somewhat of a sustainable life then it's all for the good."

Those interested in learning more or donating can visit www.wordanddeed.org

Valleyview Heights Church is located at 9435 Young Rd. www.valleyheights.ca

 

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