For the past 10-plus years, hitting the ice has led to hope for both local and international families.
The Paul Henderson Hockey Marathon of Hope once again took over the Centre Ice Arena in Abbotsford, and 64 skaters played hockey for 10 hours to benefit two local non-profit organizations – Doing Family Right, a Christian ministry to strengthen families; and the Imani Orphan Care Foundation, which operates facilities in Kenya.
This year’s edition ran on Sept. 12, and organizer Geoff Lee said close to $70,000 was raised. Players came from as far away as Kelowna to participate in the event, which saw four teams of 16 players competing in a round robin tournament for 10 hours.
The 2015 event saw former Vancouver Canuck Darcy Rota make a special appearance, and the group also received a phone call from former NHLer Paul Henderson prior to dropping the puck.
Over the history of the event, more than $500,000 has been raised for the pair of charities. Lee said the 2016 event occurs on Sept. 10, and those who want more information can visit hockeymarathonofhope.com.