May 7th 2010 has been declared by the City of Vancouver as Hockey for the Homeless Day. This annual fundraiser and hockey tournament where your team can face off against Canucks and NHL alumni all for a cause.
According to the latest Metro Vancouver Homeless Count, almost 2,600 local men, women and children donâ€™t have a place to live.
This is the second Hockey for the Homeless tournament in Vancouver however the campaign has been running across Canada since 1996.
“The mission of the volunteer-driven charity is to end homelessness through fundraising, education and partnerships with outreach groups. So far, Hockey for the Homeless has raised more than $2.5 million in aid of some 15,000 people.”
Last year Vancouver’s event raised $65,000 to help local organizations fight homelessness in our city.
They are looking for teams and individuals to take part this year and play alongside hockey heroes for this cause. The tournament entry fee for players is $300 and they are guaranteed at least 3 games. Participants will get a personalized jersey, lunch, a reception and dinner.
Prizes will be up for grabs as well as silent auction items including Canucks tickets and memorabilia. Past NHL’ers to participate include Dave Babych, Wendel Clark, Vincent Damphouse, Theo Fleury, Nick Kypreos, Kirk McLean, Sergio Momesso, Cliff Ronning, P.J. Stock and more.
You can register online and find out more about Vancouver’s event happening May 7th at UBC through the Hockey for the Homeless website.