‘Heartwarming’ fishing derby in Selkirk raises thousands for sick children

Hundreds of children are getting out on the lake north of Selkirk, Man. for the fifth annual Kid Fish Derby.The derby began in 2015 as a small tournament, and has since grown to a festival with much more than just fishing on tap.

Two of hundreds of participants in Sunday\’s Kid Fish Derby north of Selkirk, Man.

Two of hundreds of participants in Sunday\’s Kid Fish Derby north of Selkirk, Man.Marek Tkach / Global News“We started with about 700 participants,” said the derby’s director, Garther Cheung. “This year, we hit over 2,000.”The derby has raised over $200,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Cancer Care Manitoba.READ MORE: Walleye, sauger in danger of disappearing from Lake Winnipeg, says Manitoba Wildlife Federation“To watch it grow over the last five years is like watching your child grow,” Cheung said. “It’s very heartwarming.”WATCH: 2019 Kid Fish Derby set to go in Selkirk