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  • Writer's pictureCarey Tate

Softball tournament to fight West Island homelessness coming to Dorval.

Updated: Sep 4, 2023

On September 22, 23, and 24, Ricochet will hold its famous fundraising tournament at Saint-Charles and Windsor parks in Dorval. After a canceled edition in 2020 and a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the event is finally back for a 4th edition. The tournament was created to raise funds for the Ricochet (Hébergement - Homes) organization, which helps people in residential instability in and around Montreal's West Island. This year, participants can look forward to grand festivities, thanks to dance music on-site, a family BBQ open to all, door prizes, and much more.

Ricochet offers a number of services, including an emergency shelter, a social reintegration program, a shuttle service, and a social mediation service. The organization takes a holistic approach to helping vulnerable people based on their individual needs and rhythms. It accompanies them in their social reintegration process from start to finish.

The softball tournament is the brainchild of Ricochet General Manager Tania Charron and Geneviève Huneault, who wanted to give participants the chance to support Ricochet's mission in a festive setting. "I'm very proud of what our tournament has become. We have 16 teams registered, and if the last edition is anything to go by, the bleachers will be packed. It's wonderful to see our community so committed and benevolent and its trust in supporting our organization," stated Tania Charron.

PHOTO: Kevin J. Raftery.

Sixteen teams and nearly 200 players will participate in the 4th edition of Softball entre filles. Teams are made up of women and consist of 8-18 players. There will be recreational and competitive divisions, and the amount raised must be $300 per team. To register your team, fill out this form.

The tournament kicks off on Friday, September 22, at 7 p.m. Six teams will compete in Saint-Charles and Windsor Parks, where the competition will continue on Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. until the end of the day. On Sunday, September 24, the finals get underway at 10 a.m. At 4:30 p.m., the winning team of each division will be awarded a prize. The event will conclude with a closing ceremony.

PHOTO: Kevin J. Raftery.

Softball entre filles is an opportunity for West Islanders to get together, get active, and above all, participate in an important cause. Tania Charron adds: "I believe that it's by raising people's awareness about the reality of homelessness in the area, and encouraging them to get involved with the cause and the positive results of an organization like Ricochet, that we'll be able to create a safe, more supportive community."

SOURCE: Hébergements Ricochet


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