Cheryl Skowronek of Cornerstone Properties in Winnipeg shows off her catch at the MREA Shelter Foundation’s Fishing Derby. She won the Helix GPS Fishfinder grand prize.
Cheryl Skowronek of Cornerstone Properties in Winnipeg shows off her catch at the MREA Shelter Foundation’s Fishing Derby. She won the Helix GPS Fishfinder grand prize.

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

Donna Kirsch of Winnipeg’s Gateway Real Estate exceeded her goal in her first year organizing the derby. The event has raised more than $60,000 over the past decade.

Throughout the day, anglers emailed Kirsch photos of huge catfish being pulled from the Red River near Selkirk, about 35 km north of Winnipeg. The catch of the day was a 98.5 cm master catfish caught by Susan Greschuk.

Many of the 60 anglers participate every year with their family members, friends and clients to support a great cause.



Donna Kirsch of Gateway Real Estate and MREA Shelter Foundation chair Brian Canart with the cheque from the fishing derby.
Donna Kirsch of Gateway Real Estate and MREA Shelter Foundation chair Brian Canart with the cheque from the fishing derby.