Michael Dunahee was four years old when he disappeared from the Blanshard Elementary School playground. (Black Press Media file photo)

Michael Dunahee Slo-Pitch Tournament of Hope back for its 28th year

Tournament takes place Aug. 10 and 11 at Topaz Park

Child Find B.C.’s Michael Dunahee Slo-Pitch Tournament of Hope is coming back for its 28th year, keeping hope alive and raising funds to keep children safe.

The softball tournament launched 28 years ago, after the disappearance of four-year-old Michel Dunahee from the playground at Blanshard Elementary School.

“This is the biggest fundraiser of the summer for Child Find B.C.,” said Child Find B.C. president and Michael’s mother Crystal Dunahee.

READ ALSO: 27th anniversary for the disappearance of Michael Dunahee

Last year, the tournament raised more than $14,000 for the organization. Money raised goes towards printing costs for Child Find B.C.’s safety literature and the equipment and materials needed to support the All About Me ID Kit program. Child Find B.C. provides all of its services free to parents and B.C. communities.

This year, there will be free childcare provided for the children of players with licensed childcare professionals on-site from Camosun College.

A kid’s game will take place as well and skydivers will descend with the final game ball and pick the grand prizes later in the afternoon.

There are 28 union-sponsored slo-pitch teams this year and over the years, teams from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland have participated

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Keeping the hope alive, 28 years later

In 2017, RCMP reported that there were more than 47,000 cases of missing children in Canada with 7,459 of them being reported in B.C.

“Our children are going missing for a variety of reasons in this province and in Canada,” Dunahee said. “The magnitude of this problem is staggering with so many children reported as missing and it’s devastating their families.”

Child Find B.C. continues to work with B.C. law enforcement, community organizations and families to bring ID kits to communities throughout B.C. The organization also works to educate the public and families about the problem of missing children.

The Michael Dunahee Slo-Pitch Tournament of Hope takes place Aug. 10 and 11 at Topaz Park in Victoria. A kids game will be held on Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. and the skydivers will descend for the final ballgame at 4 p.m.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Oak Bay pool to reopen Aug. 17

Swimming, other activities return this month

Gaps in the system: Youth cope with homelessness in Greater Victoria

Four-part series will look at youth homelessness in the region

Museum asks British Columbians for COVID-19 nature observations

Royal BC Museum collects information as part of ongoing pandemic project

Saanich police search for suspect accused of using stolen credit, debit cards

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers says suspect made numerous fraudulent purchases

Island riders conquering new heights

With no races, cyclists tackle Everest challenge to lift community

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Missing teen visiting Courtenay found safe

She had last been seen going for a walk on Aug. 6

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Vancouver Island team takes on wacky challenges of world’s largest scavenger hunt

Greatest International Scavenger Hunt taking place Aug. 1-8

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Most Read