Airdrie Minor Hockey Association’s female Atom and Midget AA teams got into the giving spirit this year to help support the Airdrie Food Bank.
“Last year we were able to raise enough money to get 50 or 60 turkeys to donate to the food bank,” said Peter Duchnij, one of the parents involved with the fundraiser. “Our goal was 150 turkeys that we wanted to do collectively, and we’ve well exceeded that with over 200 turkeys that we’re able to donate.”
The official turkey count this year came in at 236, all going to hungry Airdrie families.
“One of the main reasons (we’re doing this) is to teach our girls to appreciate that there’s lots of people who are struggling and to give back to the community,” Duchnij said. “Really, the lesson learned here is truly through the art of sport and through collaboration with the community.”
Duchnij said, besides instilling a sense of community within the two teams of girls, he hopes it helps with everyday confidence.
“The girls were asked to go to the community door to door, or some of them to businesses, and just ask for donations,” Duchnij said. “It teaches them a lot of things with public service – showing a certain style of leadership where we’re really all working together especially for those who are in need during this time.”
To celebrate the donation, the two teams will be hosting a fun game, called The Turkey Bowl. On Dec. 22 the Atom and Midget AA teams will play in a friendly matchup and are inviting Airdronians to come check out the match and bring down a donation for the Airdrie Food Bank.
The Turkey Bowl’s puck drops at 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at Ron Ebbensen Arena.