SURREY — Given Monday’s snowy weather, Tim Baillie wasn’t about to cancel the ball hockey tournament he’d scheduled for the following day.
No, it was “game on” for the Toque Tuesday tourney, an annual event that draws attention to the issue of homelessness in Surrey.
By Tuesday, the skies had cleared, the sun shined, snow was removed from Surrey City Hall Plaza and an inflated “rink” was put in place for a day of games.
Baillie, the event’s “supreme commander,” was glad he didn’t pull the plug on the tournament. In fact, it was never in question.
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“When we saw the horrible weather on the weekend, I thought, more than ever, this must go ahead, this is why we’re out here, because people are living in this (cold weather) every day,” Baillie said as he watched the action.
“We’re out here for them, and it says a lot about the people of Surrey who support this event and are out here today.”
A variety of Surrey-based organizations and groups played games, including one featuring city councillors and staff against local MLAs.
“Those MLAs are from both sides of the house, NDP and Liberal, working together and playing together,” Baillie said. “I’m so damn proud of that, it’s not funny.”
The event’s charitable partners include Raising the Roof, a national charity dedicated to long-term solutions to homelessness.
PICTURED: Action at Surrey City Hall Plaza. Photo: Tom Zillich
PICTURED: City of Surrey and provincial MLAs pose for a photo following their game. Photo: Rick Chapman/City of Surrey