Scoring to support food banks

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Matt Gordon gets a shot off on netminder Malcolm Ross during the Five Hole for Food ball hockey fundraiser at the Charlottetown Event Grounds Saturday. The fundraiser travels across Canada in an effort to raise donations for local food banks.

It may be a sweltering weekend in the middle of summer, but that didn’t stop people from grabbing a hockey stick and can of food for a good cause Saturday.

It felt like 35 degrees as the ball was dropped at the Charlottetown Event Grounds Saturday for the Five Hole for Food ball hockey fundraiser.

Richard Loat is the founder of the fundraiser, which travels around Canada raising donations for local food banks.

“It’s great to see people coming out and supporting today, I know it’s a big weekend here in P.E.I,” he said.

Anyone could join in on a game of ball hockey by bringing a food item to the event grounds.

Five Hole for Food has been traveling across Canada for the past three years and has raised more than 200,000 pounds of food for local food banks.

“After the Olympics I realized the potential hockey has for social change across the country. It’s an intrinsic part of our identity, being Canadian, hockey is a part of that.”

Last year the campaign raised over 133,000 pounds for local food banks and this year organizers hope to raise 250,000 pounds.

“Even if we raise one more pound than we did last year, to me that’s a success.”

ING Direct made a special donation to the Charlottetown Food Bank of $500 through a shoot to win contest Saturday.

“Being able to go and give donations directly to the community we know that financial donations go a long way,” said Jacqueline Bolton, community investment lead with ING Direct.

Before the hockey game even started, Five Hole for Food also received a large donation from Island Abbey Foods.

The company donated about 3,000 pounds of food that will go directly to the Charlottetown Food Bank.

“What is special about that is Island Abbey Foods is a big part of what goes on, on the Island, they buy local and their product is 100 per cent Canadian,” said Loat. “We’re very proud to help them give back to the community.”

Mike MacDonald, manager of the Charlottetown Food Bank said every donation helps.

“This is a pretty slow time of year for us donation wise so anything that can bring food for us and of course it’s nice that there is an event that people can come out too.”

Charlottetown was the third stop on the event tour, which stops at 13 cities across Canada.

They have already raised more than 15,000 pounds of food before Charlottetown.

Organizations: Charlottetown Food Bank, ING Direct, Island Abbey Foods

Geographic location: Canada, P.E.I, Charlottetown

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