Happy Monday, Ocean Fans!

It was another eventful weekend in Victoria! Who knew that the sun would be out in full force this early in May? That’s Victoria weather for you – ever predictably unpredictable. It’s a darn good thing we had an abundance of Australian Gold sunscreen on hand! It sure saved my ghostly complexion from turning an unfortunate shade of lobster. We’ll have Australian Gold sunscreen on hand at most events coming up this summer, so look out for the Ocean 98.5 tent if you need an extra layer of protection against those pesky UV Rays.

This weekend ended up being fairly soccer-centric for us, which warmed my inner-soccer-hooligan heart immensely. Friday evening saw us at the Victoria Highlanders home opener, which was an absolute blast from start to finish! The Highlanders grinded out a hard fought draw against division rivals Lane FC, but were met with a chorus of chants and smoke bombs for almost the entire game! I had forgotten how loud Centennial Stadium at UVIC could get! Honestly folks, it doesn’t get much better than watching a tight soccer match from the cozy confines of a pitchside promo tent. I have a feeling I’m really going to love this summer. Big shout out to the folks at the Victoria Highlanders for their hospitality.

On Saturday, we set up at Finlayson Turf for the 9th annual Anneswer to Cancer soccer tournament, a fun charity tournament to raise funds for Victoria Hospice. They say soccer is the beautiful game, and this event sure was a testament to that. Victoria Hospice is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, and I was so encouraged by all of the funds raised for it. The organizers and volunteers did an excellent job managing all of the teams, players, and many, many donations. At one point, I was even encouraged by event organizers Brett and Meredith to play in the tournament! Now, it had been years since I laced up and took to the pitch, but I’m certainly not one to turn down a game! Now, I’m no Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, but I played soccer through the entirety of my adolescence, so footy isn’t intimidating to me whatsoever. What was intimidating? – the young players who seemed to deke around me on every play! Kudos to the organizers and players alike, it was an incredibly fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Sunday morning bright and early, Kate and I were out at Clover Point Park for the first annual Mother’s Day Walk. It was a blustery day, but the event seemed like a hit! Proceeds from the walk went towards another excellent organization – the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Kate was the co-host with the most, and kicked off the event admirably before the walkers made their way down picturesque Dallas Road. Once they finished the walk, they were greeted back at the park with copious amounts of food and goodies, to the tune of a bangin’ playlist curated by yours truly!

If this weekend was any indication – the summer is going to be incredible. I can’t wait to see what else is in store.

A big shout out to Hillside Centre, Moxies Grill & Bar, Barb’s Fish & Chips, and Beacon Hill Children’s Farm for keeping the Fun Finder Fun all summer long!


-Fun Finder Sam.

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