Police officers, firefighters, city councillors, businesses, pastors and ex-NHL players will come together next week for a few friendly games of street hockey in support of a good cause.
Hosted by Topaz Hockey, the Five Hole for Food not only brings the city together, but also raises much-needed food and funds for the programs offered at the Mustard Seed Street Church.
According to Kelcy Snyckers, marketing and event coordinator with the Mustard Seed, donations during the summer months typically slow down to a trickle. Organizers hope to raise $10,000 from this year’s event, which will go towards a number of programs, including the hospitality house, family centre, church, food bank and recovery centre in Duncan.
“I think the key for us is breaking the cycle. It’s not just about feeding people,” said Snyckers. “That’s an important aspect, but we want to get to that place where we’re developing relationships with people and really helping them through the difficulties of life and getting them back to a place where they can function like they used to or like they really want to.”
The Mustard Seed Church has been helping people living in poverty and the working poor in Victoria since 1975. It impacts an average of 5,000 people per month, with more than 50 volunteers donating their time.
The third annual Five Hole for Food takes place on Friday, July 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the southwest parking area of Mayfair Mall. Games will be hosted throughout the day, finishing with a special VIP game. Former NHL players Tom Martin, Matt Pettinger and Morgan Williams will get in on the action. There will also be a DJ and guest appearance by renowned rap artist Terrance Richmond.
Entry will be by cash donation per company or by player for schools and non-profit organizations. Suggested donations to drop-in and play as an individual are $25 or one grocery bag of food. Last year the event raised 1,500 pounds of food and $8,800.
For more information visit fiveholdforfood.com.