Back in October, a hockey writer for the Boston Globe made the ironically uncharitable accusation that bloggers don’t do charity. It was a bizarre and mean-spirited claim that elevated a number of peoples’ dander, as the hockey blogosphere collectively said, “Hey, that’s not nice.”
Or true, as Saturday’s Five Hole For Food event in Vancouver will demonstrate, just as it has for the past three years. Five Hole For Food is an incredible charity that travels across Canada, playing road hockey in the streets of major cities, raising donations of food for local food banks. When Richard Loat started Five Hole For Food back in 2010, he was a blogger at Canucks Hockey Blog and, while his writing has slowed over the past few years (because this charity thing has picked up some team), he technically still is.
Far more important, of course, are the contributions that Five Hole For Food have made to food banks across Canada. In its fourth year, Five Hole For Food is once again coming home with the challenge to Vancouver of besting their incredible donations in the past.
Of note: Roberto Luongo won’t actually be there. He’s just pledging his support for the cause.
Richard Loat, who is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, got the idea for Five Hole For Food during the 2010 Olympics after he saw the way Canadians came together as a country in support of Team Canada, particularly during the gold medal game in men’s hockey. Loat recognized that the passion that Canadians have for hockey could be a vehicle for social change.
The summer months are very tough on food banks, who receive the bulk of their donations around the winter holidays — Thanksgiving and Christmas. Five Hole For Food, therefore, comes at just the right time.
In its first year, Five Hole For Food raised a total of 6000 pounds of food across nine cities, with 2000 pounds coming from Vancouver. In 2011, it grew exponentially, raising 43,000 pounds of food in total. Vancouver alone matched that 43,000 pounds in 2012, with a total of 133,000 pounds raised across 13 cities.
That amount of growth in just three years is incredible and this year’s tour has once again blown the roof off of expectations. With two cities remaining, Five Hole For Food has raised over 200,000 pounds of food in eleven cities.
Starting at 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 20th, the 800 block of Granville Street will be full of people playing hockey for food. And you could be one of those people: just bring a hockey stick and a can of food and you’re in the game. If you are unable to play, drop by with a can of food anyways and cheer on the people playing. The event runs until 6:00 pm, so you have plenty of time to come down and help shatter last year’s record of 43,000 pounds of food.
If you’re on Vancouver Island, today is your day. Five Hole For Food will be in Victoria from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Saanich Plaza.
Can’t make it to the event itself? Donate on the Five Hole For Food website with either a direct donation or a purchase of one of their slick “Will Play Hockey For Food” t-shirts.
As for us, Harrison will be in attendance, and I intend to be there as well, hockey stick in one hand and can of food in the other, then hockey stick in two hands because I’ll have given the can of food to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and it’s really awkward trying to play road hockey while carrying a can of food around. At least, I’ll be there unless my wife has gone into labour or something like that. Otherwise, I hope to see you there.Tags: five hole for food