If there’s one thing a hockey parent can relate to it’s the perpetually difficult cost of hockey equipment. That was never clearer than when volunteers and Hockey Manitoba found out how much equipment was donated to Pass It Forward while sorting through it at Westdale Community Centre last week.
Thanks to the generosity of every person that recently donated to Pass It Forward, Hockey Manitoba will be able to redistribute the equipment in Winnipeg and suit up dozens of underprivileged youth with hockey gear that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford or have access to. Many of the kids that will use the gear this season will be given the chance to play hockey for the first time in their lives.
“The desire of Hockey Manitoba with the help of the Pass It Forward hockey equipment program is to provide many deserving youth with the opportunity to play hockey,” said Executive Director of Hockey Manitoba Peter Woods. “Every donation made to Pass It Forward makes it possible for Hockey Manitoba to achieve that goal.”
All of the donated equipment was cleaned by Perth’s Drycleaners and then sorted by a team of volunteers at Westdale Community Centre on Tuesday, October 12th. The volunteers included students from Starbuck Hockey Academy along with their parents, members of the Hockey Manitoba office staff, Pass It Forward’s board of directors, and supporters of the program.
After all of the equipment had been sorted, Pass It Forward and Hockey Manitoba were proud to discover that donations made totalled nearly 100 pairs of skates, 45 helmets, 40 pairs of gloves, 60 pairs of shin pads, 36 sets of elbow pads, 59 shoulder pads, 65 hockey pants, and three sets of goal pads with blockers and catchers.
Pass It Forward was started in 2009 with the goal of giving youth in Winnipeg the opportunity to play hockey by providing them equipment they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. The second year of the program was once again a huge success thanks to the help of Hockey Manitoba, Perth’s Drycleaners, CURVE 94.3 FM, 99.9 BOB FM, and most importantly hockey parents and players in Winnipeg that made donations of used hockey gear.
“Hockey is the greatest game there is and I think every kid should get a chance to play it,” said Pass It Forward’s founder and organizer Kalen Qually. “I’m amazed by the continued support of the hockey community that clearly believes in this cause.”