10:30 p.m., Dec. 17)
Cumberland minor hockey team rises up to backpack challenge
By Fred Sherwin
members of the Cumberland Jr. Grads minor bantam Rep B
team were presented with the challenge to raise money
for a program that provides backpacks for the homeless,
the group of 13-year-olds jumped at the chance.
elves Salt and Pepper, played by Janette Smith
and Lili Miller, confront the Abominable Snowman,
played by Peter Frayne, in the East End Theatre
production of The Christmas Adventure.
a little over two hours, the team managed to raise close
to $1,000 going house-to-house and door-to-door. It was
enough money to purchase 60 backpacks and fill each one
with hygiene products, gloves, treats, and a Tim Hortons
manager Pam Brunette George said she and the other parents
on the team came up with idea as a way for the players
to give back to the community that has supported in their
pursuit of playing the game they love.
so many years the community has been so good to us in
helping to get the kids on the ice. So we decided we wanted
the kids to do something to give back," says George.
"The kids very aware and we wanted them to have that
feeling you get when you do something good for other people."
were extremely excited. Extremely ambitious. They went
house to house, door to door for two hours and raised
almost $1,000, which in turn will pay for 60 backpacks."
backpacks will be handed over to Backpacks For The Homeless,
a program founded by Ron Pitrie that his expected to hand
out more than 2,300 backpacks to Ottawa's homeless on
initiative can trace its roots back to 2012 when Pitrie
lost his home and everything in it to a fire. Although
all of his belongings were covered by insurance, he had
to rely on his local food bank to get through what was
a difficult time in his life.
to give back, Pitrie attended the Shepherd's of Good Hope
Christmas dinner in 2013 and handed out gift bags to the
homeless people who attended the dinner. That led to Backpacks
for the Homeless which Petrie started in 2014. In that
first year he handed out 230 backpacks thanks to the support
of Giant Tiger.
year, Pitrie and his supporters managed to raise enough
money to purchase more 1,000 backpacks and the program
expanded to include the Ottawa Mission, Ottawa Inner City
Ministries, Operation Come Home, Centre 507, the Salvation
Army, and Le Gîte Ami.
program has doubled in size again this year thanks in
large part to groups like the Cumberland Jr. Grads minor
bantam Rep B team.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)