Firefighter John Rufh practises his swing in anticipation of the Colwood Volunteer Firefighters Association golf tournament this fall. The event is a fundraiser for the association’s scholarship fund

West Shore grads receive a leg up for studies

Colwood firefighters golf tourney raises cash for scholarships

Colwood’s volunteer firefighters  are hosting their 20th annual fund-raiser golf tournament this fall, and leading up to the big event they are looking to the West Shore community to support students.

“After eight years of raising funds to refurbish our antique fire engine, which is on display in our museum, we moved to form a scholarship fund five years ago,” said firefighter John Rufh, tournament organizer for 13 years.

Proceeds from the Sept. 18 tournament at Olympic View Golf Club go to the fund, which to date has raised more than $20,000 and handed out roughly $10,000 to local students.

“We as an association wanted to give back to the community and what better way than to help some students get a good start on their post-secondary education,” Rufh said.

To help boost that fund, the association is turning to the community for help. “As usual, we are out knocking on doors to see if we can drum up some support from local businesses to sponsor holes for $125,” Rufh said, noting they are also hoping to collect prizes for the big event.

The cost to play is $120 per person or $480 for a team of four, which includes green fees, carts, dinner at the Colwood Fire Hall and a chance to win some great prizes.

“If you can’t put a group together I’m always looking for singles to fill some groups,” Rufh added.

The event begins with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. on the Sunday. If you’re interested in hitting the links or sponsoring a hole, you can pick up more information at the fire hall, 3215 Metchosin Rd., by calling 250-478-8321, or by emailing Rufh at

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