NEW GLASGOW – The goal is to raise awareness and funds, while having fun in the process.
Members of the community are being encouraged to join the fourth annual New Glasgow Regional Police Relay for Life ball hockey tournament, which is being held Saturday May 10 at the Westside Community Centre. The tournament only had a handful of teams when it started, but grew to eight teams in its third year and there were also multiple teams that were trying to join last minute.
This year they’re hoping to reach their goal of having 12 teams involved in the annual fundraiser for Pictou County Relay for Life. Teams of a minimum of seven players (co-ed encouraged, but not necessary) plus a goalie are asked to sign up by April 30.
Game play is five-on-five and each team is guaranteed three games. There is a cost of $30 per player to play with 100 per cent of the funds paid going directly to the Pictou County Relay for Life.
“This tournament has become a way for the police and the community to work together to raise funds and awareness about Relay for Life and cancer research,” said co-organizer Brian Haines.
The move outdoors to the Westside Community Centre was partially because the event was getting bigger according to Haines.
“We’ve grown in the past few years, but it’s also just nice to get outdoors,” he said. “There is more that you can do there. There is the playground for the kids, you’re out in the fresh air and there’s more room to do things like barbecuing, which can help us raise a few more dollars for Relay for Life.”
Haines’ team, Gabriel’s Believers, is named after his son who has been cancer free for a few years now. They have won the event all three years, but the true winner is the Relay for Life and Canadian Cancer Society.
In the three years the event has taken place they have raised $3,950 ($1,000 in 2011, $1,400 in 2012 and $1,550 in 2013). The hope is that their fundraising total will continue to increase as it has each year in the past.
Those that aren’t interested in playing are also welcome to stop by during the tournament to make a donation to the New Glasgow Relay for Life or just watch some of the action.
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