The most hotly anticipated summer event in Vancouver (besides sunshine) is upon us only this time we’re sharing it with Toronto. For the past three summers, the Vancouver Leisure Society has thrown a lawn bowling tournament every Thursday in July, raising money for cystic fibrosis research in honour of Eva Markvoort, star of the award-winning documentary “65_RedRoses” and cystic fibrosis-sufferer. Eva lost her battle with CF in 2010 but her legacy lives on in many ways, including in this event. This year, they’ll be tandem bowling, coast to coast, as the newly launched “Lawn Summer Nights”, in both Vancouver and Toronto.
Lawn Summer Nights came to be as other cities clamored to get the bowls rolling in their own towns and partnering with Toronto is a perfect fit and starter expansion of the event. Cystic Fibrosis Canada -Vancouver Chapter Board Member and founding partner of the Vancouver Leisure Society, Duncan Gillespie, explains the need for growth.
“We knew the success of the Vancouver event could be replicated in other cities and branching out to Toronto was a natural next step. Cities across the globe including Melbourne, Perth, Boston, Calgary and New York City have reached out to us about holding their own event and we realized we needed to create a brand that encompassed more than just Vancouver. Eva’s reach was and continues to be global, so this growth is simply another way her legacy is continuing to touch people.”
“The Toronto and District Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada led the charge in taking the event to Toronto, and we’re working with Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s national office to reach out and engage with other young, keen, philanthropically inclined people with a cause that is so close to us.”
Lawn Summer Nights kicks off in Vancouver at 7pm, every Thursday in July at the Granville Park Lawn Bowling Club. All funds raised go towards finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, the number one fatal genetic disease affecting young Canadians.
Photos via Graham Dalik