Marshall Farmer of the Surrey Beavers rights through a gang of Ridge Meadows Bruins tacklers during a third divison game at Rucking For A Cure

Exceeding expectations

Beavers rugby club raises $13,000 for cancer society

On the field, the Surrey Beavers were perfect Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Park.

Off the first, they were even better.

At its Rucking For A Cure fundraiser, the Beavers won all three BC Rugby Union contests. More importantly perhaps, the 40-year-old club more than tripled its goal of fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society, collecting more than $13,000 for breast cancer research and programs.

“The dust has settled and the dollars have been counted. We have blown away our $3,000 goal,” said club president Rob Brown Saturday evening.

“There are so many people to thank, but we could not have raised that kind of cash without the support of our alumni members and the community who are out in force today.”

The hot dog and hamburger tent was sold out after two of the three games, but it wasn’t the end of the fundraising. After watching the third division team defeat the Ridge Meadows Bruins 20-7, and the Beavers top Langley 43-3 in a second division contest, Surrey’s first division team took the the field in their pink jerseys and completed the sweep with a 15-12 victory over Langley.

At the Beaverlodge clubhouse, a live auction for those 15 pink jerseys completed the day’s events.

“This is what we were hoping for in planning Rucking For a Cure, bringing the rugby community together in support of breast cancer,” said Nick Bruce, a first division player and an executive member with the club. “I’m really proud of our club and what we have put together for a first year event.”

Donations to Rucking for a Cure can still be made through the Canadian Cancer Society at http://cancerevents.kintera.org/ruckingforacure

The fundraiser helped the Beavers celebrate 40 years in the community. The club has three men’s teams, as well as programs at the junior and mini-rugby levels.

More information in online at www.beaversrugby.com.

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