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Photos: Annual Steveston herring sale helps kids with cancer

Charitable spirits were not dampened by the pouring rain.

An endless stream of cars could be seen pulling up to the Steveston Harbour Authority on Saturday to support the annual Herring Sale.

The charitable event, celebrating its 12th anniversary, was organized by Fisherman Helping Kids with Cancer.

"It's been really good today. We are sold out, so that's really good," said spokesperson Kris Nakashima.

Nakashima told the Richmond News that this year's event has been "really manageable" despite having doubled the number of cars arriving for pickup each hour. Tickets for the sale were sold online ahead of Saturday.

"We're gonna try and do more again next year and get everybody their fish really quickly," he said.

Volunteers were also seen enjoying the event, despite the pouring rain. Most volunteers, including members of Douglas College's women's basketball team, have been helping out since 2011.

According to Nakashima, 20 tons of herring were available for sale this year, making it the lowest amount in 12 years.

"But it will be counted (in the donations) and it's all good," he said.

Almost $1 million has been raised since 2011 and all proceeds will go toward funding iPads and video game systems on the oncology floor at BC Children's Hospital.

With files from Alan Campbell.

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