Here's how New West women's basketball team is giving back

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There’s nothing fishy about the Douglas College women’s basketball team’s commitment to community.

Phil Eidsvik, an organizer with Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer, reports that the women’s team is not only running a high school tournament, but they also sent some team members to help out at the Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer’s annual herring sale.

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“Twelve Douglas players are coming – it is a big deal with 3,000 customers,” he said in an email to the Record before the Dec. 7 event. “The Douglas team will be formidable force when they run wheelbarrows of herring and hake to customers’ cars. It will be a very good day.”

Since Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer began in 2011, it has raised more than $650,000 for children being treated for cancer at B.C. Children’s Hospital. The commercial fishing industry pays all the expenses of the sale, so 100% of the money that customers spend on herring or donate goes toward the purchase of iPads, a video game system, toys, snacks, musical instruments, computers and many other items for the kids.

“None of this would happen without volunteers like the Douglas women’s b-ball team,” Eidsvik said.

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