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In life, as in baseball, we all strike out eventually… but do you have your affairs in order for when the time comes? If not, you might want to attend tonight’s Victoria HarbourCats game.

The baseball club is teaming up with Toneff Funeral Services and H.W. Wallace Cremation Service to offer a draw for a cremation package—including a cremation service, casket, and original death certificate—valued at $2,500.

And that’s not all! The winner will also be provided with a will, power of attorney and advanced directive for health care (all worth $800) by barrister/solicitor Mary S. McManus, and a complimentary insurance and financial planning consultation with Scott Grant, a senior consultant for Adamek Financial.

Jim Swanson, HarbourCats managing partner, said the draw is meant to raise awareness of the importance of having end-of-life plans in order.

“Victoria is a great city, many people who move here to enjoy the twilight of their lives, and not everyone has put these plans in place,” Swanson said.

A CTV report earlier this year said 51 per cent of Canadians don’t have a will, with many people saying they’re “too young” to think about dying.

“My family encountered a tragic and unexpected death not long ago, and not having all these things looked after in advance caused the heartache to be even greater,” Swanson said. “We’re thankful to Eric Toneff of Toneff Funeral Services, to Mary McManus, and to Mike Adamek, Scott Grant and the team at Adamek for stepping forward to help get this message out.”

HarbourCats fans can enter for a chance to win the funeral package at tonight’s game against the Corvallis Knights, which should be a lively affair in spite of the contest’s subject matter.

Victoria HarbourCats versus Corvallis Knights

Where: Royal Athletic Park

When: Wednesday, July 18, 6:35 p.m.

Tickets: General admission $12 youth/seniors, $13 adults

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