Fishing derby nets big catch for Manitoba Shelter charities

REALTOR® Donna Kirsch and MREA Shelter Foundation Chair Brian Canart pose for a picture together.

The Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation’s Hooked on Shelter Fishing Derby reeled in a whopping $5,250 for shelter charities.

REALTOR® Donna Kirsch of Gateway Real Estate in Winnipeg exceeded her goal in her first year organizing the fundraiser. It was held in Selkirk, Manitoba, just north of Winnipeg.

Throughout the day, anglers emailed Donna photo after photo of huge catfish being pulled from the Red River. The catch of the day was a 98.5 cm master catfish caught by Susan Greschuk.

Many of the 60 anglers participate every year and bring out family members, friends and business clients all together in support of a great cause.

It was the 10th anniversary of the event and Donna said she is already lining up sponsors and prizes for next year. The derby has raised more than $60,000 over the past decade.

Donna told the Winnipeg Free Press, “As REALTORS®, we want to help as many people as we can because we believe that every person deserves respect, a good place to live, and a chance to live a productive life.”

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