-Story by Natalie Nguyen

The Comox Valley Kickers have roughly $2,000 for expenses, thanks to a laugh-out-loud fundraiser.

Roy’s Towne Pub shook with laughter  on August 22nd as 175 people enjoyed No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls: A Comedic Fundraiser.  

Funds raised will go to travel and equipment costs for the upcoming rugby season. 

This event was hosted by Erin Calder, a member of the Kickers Women’s team and up-and-coming comedian.

“The support we had from the community was awesome,” Calder said. “The response from the crowd was very positive. This event turned out to be one of the rugby club’s most successful fundraisers.” 

Comedians included Vancouver’s Chris Griffin and Nanaimo’s Peter Hudson as headliners. 

Victoria’s Dan Duvall, Dylan Williams and Carilynn Nicholson alongside Comox Valley’s Josh Lichti and Andrew Pellett rounded out the group of performers.  

Collectively, the comedians boast numerous comedic accolades, including appearances at the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Vancouver’s Just for Laughs Festival, Vancouver’s Yuk Yuk’s Competition, being featured on The Ellen Show, plus various television writing and acting credits.

Sponsors for this event included Vancouver Island Brewing and Mount Washington Bike Park. 

Want to play rugby?

The Kickers are recruiting players.  

Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed.  

Practices are Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Cumberland Village Park. 

For more information, visit comoxvalleyrugby.ca or email cvkickers@gmail.com.