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by Hockey Manitoba  |  April 19, 2007 12:12 pm

Dear Friends and Family,

I am writing to tell you about an event I will be taking part in for the Guinness Book of World Records and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Face-off for a Cure, the world’s longest street hockey game, will take place from May 13-17 at the St. Norbert Community Center just outside Winnipeg. The entire event is open to the public and all supporters are welcome. The game will involve 40 young men who have been planning this event for almost 8 months now.

Last fall we applied to the Guinness World Records in London, England. After nearly four months we were given the go ahead to officially attempt the record. The current record for longest street hockey marathon is 30 hours and 5 minutes. Our event is scheduled to last an optimistic 100 hours in length but due to the nature of the event may be cut short due to weather or player’s health concerns. We will however guarantee that the record will be broken.

Our planning has involved gathering sponsors for food, beverages, sleeping arrangements, as well as equipment. The list of rules for this event is very long, and that is why we have gathered the sponsors to help out with the event. All of the players must stay at the site for the entire duration of the event, hence the sleeping arrangements. Prior to the event all players are now involved in raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 38 per cent of Canadian women and 44 per cent of men will develop cancer during their lifetimes. It is our hope that this event will help raise awareness and funds to support the incredible work that the Canadian Cancer Society does for cancer patients and their families.

I am personally asking you to become involved in this wonderful event. I ask that if it is possible for you to donate any amount towards the fight against cancer, that you do so. All donations will go directly to the Cancer Society and charitable donation receipts will be issued by the Canadian Cancer Society to those requesting them for donations of $10 or more. Please make cheques payable to the Canadian Cancer Society. If you would like to mail your donations to me, my address is as follows: 134 Syracuse Cr Winnipeg, MB R3T 4R3 Thank you all so much for your support!

Thank you again,

Stewart Thiessen

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