Chal­lenge ac­cepted

Mi­nor hockey play­ers and par­ents show sup­port for food bank ini­tia­tive

The Pilot - - Editorial - BY KAREN WELLS kwells@pi­lotnl.ca

LEWISPORTE, NL — The shelves of the In­ter­faith Good­will Cen­tre Food Bank re­ceived a wel­come do­na­tion re­cently as a chal­lenge was is­sued through­out the Lewisporte and Area Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion to see which di­vi­sion could col­lect the most food items.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Rod­ney Foss said the ini­tia­tive came about af­ter re­ceiv­ing the chal­lenge from the Gan­der Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion to give back to their com­mu­ni­ties through a food col­lec­tion drive.

“We de­cided to take on the chal­lenge,” Foss said. “Our As­so­ci­a­tion has been on the re­ceiv­ing end of many do­na­tions through­out our hockey sea­sons and this is the very least we can do.

“Many times through­out our hockey sea­son, par­ents and play­ers are of­ten out look­ing for do­na­tions for our in­vi­ta­tional hockey tournaments, which lo­cal busi­nesses kindly con­trib­ute to. Maybe our play­ers are out sell­ing tick­ets for our fundrais­ing ef­forts. What­ever it is, our as­so­ci­a­tion has been very for­tu­nate, and we are only too happy to give back to our com­mu­nity. We hope to do more of this sort of thing in the fu­ture.”

For one week the chal­lenge was held, with hun­dreds of items be­ing col­lected for the lo­cal food bank. The Atom di­vi­sion alone brought in over 100 items. For their ef­forts they were awarded with a pizza party from Greco.

Foss said the ini­tia­tive was well re­ceived by par­ents and play­ers, so they hope to do it again next year.

PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUL DAL­LEY

Mem­bers of the Atom di­vi­sion of the Lewisporte and Area Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion col­lected over 100 items to do­nate to the In­ter­faith Good­will Cen­tre Food Bank.

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