The Mesachie Group’s 2020 ball tournament and auction, originally scheduled for June, has been cancelled. (File photo)

Mesachie ball tournament cancelled

Concerns around COVID-19 forced the executive to postpone the event until 2021.

The Mesachie Group has cancelled its ball tournament and auction for 2020.

Concerns around COVID-19 forced the executive to postpone the event until 2021. This year’s tournament was scheduled for the Fathers Day weekend.

“Unfortunately, there is no way to accurately predict when this will all be a thing of the past, so it’s the right thing to do,” the group stated through a post on their Facebook page on April 21.

“Our top priority during this pandemic has to be the health and safety of everyone as we push through these difficult times. We are still committed to the cause and are looking into other ways/excuses to get together when it is safe to do so.”

Founded by the Mesachie Lake Volunteer Fire Department in 1979, the tournament celebrated its 40th year in 2018. The Mesachie Group, made up of firefighters from nine halls (Mesachie Lake, Honeymoon Bay, Caycuse, Youbou, Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Langford and Ladysmith), has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Muscular Dystrophy Canada over the decades.

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