CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/12/13 -- In addition to collecting food for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank at its annual street-hockey event July 16, Five Hole For Food (FHFF) will also accept donations of new or used hockey equipment of behalf of KidSport Calgary.
Local hockey associations will distribute the donated equipment to those directly affected by the recent floods.
"KidSport Calgary is pleased to be involved in working with businesses and groups in our community who are concerned about the health and happiness of kids affected by the recent flooding, says Mark B. Kosak, regional manager, KidSport Calgary. "These kids have had their lives turned upside down. If we, as a community, can help those families in need by replacing lost and very expensive hockey equipment so that kids can enjoy their favorite sport this upcoming season, then we've all made a significant contribution to their welfare and recovery.
"Thanks so much to Five Hole For Food for welcoming this partnership and to Marketwired for acting as the driving force behind this initiative."
Five Hole for Food is a non-profit organization that collects donations for community food banks through an annual road trip. This year, it's setting up drop-in street-hockey games in 13 Canadian cities from Newfoundland to B.C. and encourages the public to bring a hockey stick and a food donation.
It will be at Eau Claire Market in downtown Calgary from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
"Anyone who has kids in hockey ends up with a stash of lightly used equipment in their basement. I couldn't think of a better use for it then to donate it to those in need" says Jay Cloutier, manager at Marketwired Calgary. "My team wanted to find a unique way to help those in need during this difficult time. Connecting Five Hole For Food and KidSport seemed like the right way to get these kids back in the game."
If you would like to donate, the event is accepting donations of non-perishable food and new or used hockey equipment. Gift cards will also be accepted. Donate and stay and play! Who knows, you may even get to play with a local sports celebrity!
More information can be found at: http://www.fiveholeforfood.com/the-tour/calgary/
About Five Hole For Food:
Five Hole for Food (FHFF) is a national, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization with a bold, enterprising and entrepreneurial approach aimed at raising food and awareness for Canadians across the country.
Over the past three years, FHFF has raised in excess of 200,000 pounds of food in support of local food banks across Canada. Armed with national partners, the unwavering support of over 40 volunteers, and an identity borne from social media, FHFF is bringing together communities across Canada by using hockey as a vehicle for social change, and reaching a new generation of social entrepreneurs. FHFF is out to prove that a generation hungry for change, an engaged corporate community, and a national pastime is the perfect formula for changing the face of fundraising.
Making a difference so ALL Kids Can Play! The KidSport Society of Calgary has been providing assistance to children in need for the past 18 years. We work closely with families and local sport clubs and agencies to help pay registration fees and distribute the necessary equipment that allows kids of low-income families and those in need to get active and engaged in organized sport. Since 1995, KidSport Calgary has re-allocated almost than $5 million in support of over 22,000 Calgary and surrounding area kids. Helping KidSport Calgary breaks down the financial barriers that prevent kids from playing organized sport. Healthy kids make happy kids, and happy kids make healthy communities.
Mark B. Kosak
Five Hole for Food
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