September 24, 2020

IMG_2816[1]BY GREG STAMPER

On Feb. 12, the students of the advanced police studies program will be holding the sixth annual charity event in memory of Danny Holmes, son of police foundations fitness instructor Colleen Holmes, who tragically lost his battle with cancer at the age of four.

This year’s event, titled Dodgeball for Danny, will see the rec centre play host to a dodgeball tournament as well as a barbecue, all happening between 1 and 4 p.m. The tournament is open to anyone, with teams consisting of 8-12 players at $10 per person.

Prizes will be handed out to the team with the best uniform, the most money raised, as well as the top team in the tournament, which will also receive a trophy.

All proceeds will go to the Sunshine Foundation, in which Colleen partnered with to create the “Danny Plane.” Each year the charity and its supporters attempt to raise enough money to send a plane full of children and their family members to Disney World. The vacation is designed to alleviate the pain and stress of children who are terminally ill, as well as their families. They also hope to grant wishes to 10 children who are unable to leave hospital.

A total of approximately $300,000 is needed to make this possible.

The dodgeball organizers are hoping for a total of 15 to 20 teams, with the Guelph Police Service already signed up to be part of the action.

Today is the last day for entry into the tournament. Sign-up sheets can be picked up from Holmes in the rec centre or by emailing dodgeballfordanny@gmail.com.

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