Hockey helps food bank

A Jan. 12 ball hockey event will collect donations for the Enderby food bank.

A Canadian tradition will hit the streets of Enderby to help those in need.

A Jan. 12 ball hockey event will collect donations for the Enderby food bank.

“It didn’t take much coaxing for the Vernon Vipers to embrace the idea,” said organizer Teri Green.

“The Vipers are going to be our VIP team and it will include some of their players as well as some well known people in the area.”

The event will also include the hockey academy at A.L. Fortune Secondary.

“The hockey academy is the opposing team for the Vipers and they are not only playing ball hockey, they are involved in most of the planning and organizing of the event,” said Green.

Green is organizing the event under the banner of Five Hole For Food, an organization which travels to communities across Canada and sets up ball hockey games to support food banks.

“Their accomplishments to date is having helped 30-plus food banks and raising more than 500,000 pounds of food since they began in 2010,” said Green.

“Not unlike other communities in Canada, we have our share of wonderful people who struggle everyday to make ends meet for their families. This city is always jumping first in line to help those who need it the most. I am not asking local businesses to contribute anything except to show their support by telling everyone about the event.”

For more information, go to the Facebook page at Five Hole For Food Ball Hockey Fundraiser Sunday January 12, 2014.