2013Nov 12

Voyageurs Women’s Hockey and @LU_SPAD Raise Funds for the Northern Cancer Foundation

1395983_10153461641820061_912920987_nOn November 2nd, Voyageurs Women’s Hockey and SPAD’s event management class teamed together to raise funds and awareness for the Northern Cancer Foundation. The “Pink The Rink” night was held at Countryside Arena in Sudbury, and featured a match-up between the Laurentian Voyageurs and Nipissing Lakers. A full house showed up to support the women and the evening’s cause. The final amount of fund raised will be announced when the formal cheque presentation is done to the Northern Cancer Foundation.

Sports have proven to be an excellent vehicle to raise awareness about a variety of issues. October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many teams and organizations do their part to help in the battle. The NFL and other pro sport circuits have become very active in trying to raise awareness. Recently, the trend has manifested itself to hockey arenas around North America with the “Pink in the Rink” concept. With the return of women’s hockey to Laurentian University, this idea was a perfect fit.

The organizing committee for the event had been planning since September. During the weeks leading up to the game, organizers were selling pink themed t-shirts and “donation sticks” that were posted up during the game. Moreover, a bake sale was held during the week in residence. The Pubdownunder also supported the cause by hosting a “Pink The Rink” Night on Friday November 1st. Thanks to tremendous support from local businesses, a raffle table was setup in the main lobby at Countryside Arena. Thanks to Ryan Benoit, Nick and Marcus Foligno even donated a pair of autographed jerseys. None of these results would have been possible without all of the local support. One of the leading event coordinators, Scott Bond, had this to say about the event:

“This years Pink the Rink event was a great success. We were able to raise funds for the Northern Cancer Foundation as well at the same time putting to use all the skills we have been learning in the classroom. I hope SPAD continues to give back to the local Sudbury community through these types of events as it is a great practical way to learn. Also, helping out a local charity always feels good”

The game itself could not have gone any better for the home team. The Voyageurs, wearing their pink themed jerseys, defeated the Nipissing Lakers 4-1. SPAD student and member of the hockey team, Maggie Brennan, had this to say about what the game meant to her:

“The Pink the Rink game was really well put together and our team, school and community supported the cause well. Cancer is a constant battle and I myself was out there playing for many of my loved ones affected and fighting as was the rest of our team, and I think that showed in our game and how hard we all played. It was special to be playing for something more meaningful and important. It was such a great experience with great fans and money raised for a great cause. Everyone involved did an amazing job at making it such a successful event!”

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An official cheque presentation will be held at an upcoming game. Look for Voyageurs Athletics and SPAD to team up again in the near future to support community initiatives such as these. Also, be sure to check out all of the pictures from the night here. A big thank you to Chrissy Grove from Stewart Photography for the pictures.

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