Langley tennis fans volley against cancer

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Langley Relay for Life will be held Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning.

That’s just the start of Marg Wildeman’s weekend.

On Saturday she’ll be off to Delta to compete to qualify for a spot in the 75-80 year category for tennis in the BC Senior Games, to be held this September in Langley.

Then on Sunday, June 22, she’ll be back on the courts again, this time playing in a friendly tournament she and her friends have organized for the past several years to raise money for the Relay.

Although it will come a day after Relay wraps up, the money will still go towards this year’s fundraising, giving the society a bit of a boost.

Along with Jennifer Cronkhite and Lionel Anker, they’ll play a series of friendly matches at the tennis courts at the Langley Events Centre.

This is the third annual fundraising tennis tournament, and while they’ll be drawing in a lot of players, the event is non-competitive. 

The idea, say the three players, is just to make a donation and then enjoy the game.

The event has been a useful one as far as putting a bit more money in the coffers of the Cancer Society goes.

“We raised $1,500 last year,” said Wildeman.

Players are expected to come from far and wide. Cronkhite is a veteran player who still has a 1970s era Langley Tennis Club directory, and between their various contacts and friends, the group has drawn more than 64 players for the past couple years.

Tennis enthusiasts come from as far afield as North Vancouver and Chilliwack.

“This event fits with the three pillars of Relay,” said Wildeman. 

The pillars are celebrate, fight back, and remember. The event allows them to celebrate their own health, remember the loved ones they’ve lost, and the donations go towards the fight.

Entry is by donation, and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7888 200th Street.

Phone 604-888-4788 to confirm you are planning to participate.

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