Toque Tuesday’s “Supreme Commander” Tim Baillie. (Photo: Bala Yogesh)

VIDEO: Toque Tuesday raises $1,500 to help homeless in Surrey

Wet weather didn’t hamper friendly street hockey tournament that took place at Surrey City Hall Plaza

Cold, wet weather didn’t hamper an annual event that raised $1,500 to help Surrey’s homeless – and it was all done in a very Canadian way.

“We’re playing street hockey and we’re having fun,” Toque Tuesday’s “Supreme Commander” Tim Baillie told the Now-Leader at Surrey City Hall Plaza on Tuesday afternoon.

More than 15 teams competed against each other this week in friendly street hockey games during the seventh edition of the event. Toque Tuesday is a campaign initiated by the charity organization ‘Raising The Roof’ to help the homeless.

The tournament is organized to draw attention to the problem of homelessness in the city, and also collects winter clothing (from participants and spectators) for those in need. Toques are sold at the event for $10 each, with proceeds going toward the cause.

Baillie, a retired firefighter, said the event also raises awareness about homelessness.

“This time of the year, potentially, the coldest and wettest and a tough time of the year, (it’s about) what those people are going through on the streets right now,” Baillie said.

Donations for the homeless were also raised at recent “Underwear and Sock Toss” charity events, including one during a Surrey Eagles BCHL game last month.

“Well over $1,300 to $1,400 of socks and underwear went onto the organizations that deal with homelessness,” Baillie said.

Some of the games played during the day included a team representing MPs who played against the team representing MLAs. Other games pitted Surrey RCMP against Surrey Firefighters and Simon Fraser University against Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

“When you get MLAs or MPs and they play against homeless people, it makes a difference in the decision making,” Baillie said.

“If one day a year, we can make homelessness at the front of our thoughts, that’s what this is all about,” Baillie said.

“It’s a serious subject and we can all do a little bit to make it better.”

Toque Tuesday happens every year on the first day of February.



yogesh.bala@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Yogesh on Twitter

 

Surrey RCMP vs Firefighters game at the Toque Tuesday Hockey Day. (Photo: Bala Yogesh)

Just Posted

Surrey moves to ban sleeping overnight in RVs, motorhomes on city streets

Proposal comes amid complaints about homeless people living in recreational vehicles

Students, volunteers plant 300 trees in White Rock park

City partnership to ‘mimic the natural growth’ of Ruth Johnson Park

$50,000 reward for ‘extremely violent’ South Surrey murder suspect renewed

Offer for information on Brandon Teixeira to remain in effect through April, 2020

Surrey restaurant owner who pointed handgun at staff loses court appeal

Jawahar Singh Padda tried to get his 30-month sentenced reduced

South Surrey man allows smart meter installation ‘under duress’

BC Hydro says devices emit fraction of radio frequency from a cellphone

ELECTION 2019: It’s so close, it could come down to who turns out to vote

Black Press Media’s polling analyst on the origins of predictive seat modelling in Canada

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Kamloops Blazers blank Vancouver Giants

A loss on the road for G-men

Man found dead inside Richmond business, IHIT investigating

Police believe the incident was not random

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Not a political question: Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

Edmonton police estimated the size of the crowd at about 4,000

Most Read