As the Ponoka RCMP All-Stars and the Midget A Wolves battled head-to-head for the puck and trophy, the Ponoka KidSport Chapter reaped the rewards.
In a charity hockey game between the two teams, held Jan. 14, more than $500 was raised for Ponoka KidSport. The Midget A Wolves took home the game’s trophy as they came out on top 6-4 in the game.
“A lot of thought was put into the beneficiary. (The) RCMP recognizes the benefits of kids involved in sports programs,” said event organizer Const. Ryan Khoeli, who is the School Resource Officer for Ponoka and the Midget A Wolves’ head coach.
“I think I was just at the office and somebody had the idea of doing some community type event, and everybody likes hockey,” he added.
All proceeds of the evening go to KidSport, and the event included a 50/50 draw and puck toss.
When KidSport director Kathy Matejka received the news that KidSport had been selected she was ecstatic. “It was great. The community has just been great supporters since we launched last April.”
“We were thrilled of course,” Matejka added. Since Ponoka KidSport began, the organization has helped fund 28 youths.
For its first time, Khoeli felt the game went well, with everybody having fun and a good crowd in attendance.
Although it’s too early to say he feels the charity game could become an annual event. “The guys at the detachment bought a trophy, there’s lots of room to add years on it.
Khoeli says the game also provided the members of the detachment an opportunity to shed their uniforms and build better relationships with some of the youths in town. “It’s a pretty easy fundraiser when it’s something everybody’s interested in.”
The proceeds of the community calendar, printed by Accu Publishing, are also being donated to Ponoka KidSport this year.