Montreal has hosted modest Five Hole For Food events in the past 2 years, including the first ever Five Hole For Food event in 2010. While Montreal’s hungry are surely grateful for the efforts, there’s no doubt that Montreal can do a lot more.
Five Hole For Food’s organizers have pulled out all the stops to provide the best possible venue for this year’sMontrealevent: The Bell Center.
On July 9th, from 3pm-7pm, the 3rd annual Five Hole For Food will pull up to the Bell Center in Montreal to collect food for Moisson Montreal, the recipient of ALL food donations. Sure the Habs are letting us play on their hallowed grounds, but they are also sending alumni to play with us – Sergio Momesso and Gilbert Delorme. Not enough? Well what if they sent “the man” to play? Yeah, Geoff Molson is going to come out and play as well. If he can take time out of his schedule to contribute, I’m pretty sure that you can, too.
The premise is simple: you bring whatever non-perishable food items AND your hockey stick to the Bell Center on July 9th. You drop your food donations in the box and then play hockey. That’s it. Sound good? Good.
All ages and skill levels are encouraged to come out and play. Once we’re done playing ball hockey, we’re going to le Cage aux Sports to celebrate with some food and drink. If playing hockey isn’t your thing, you are still more than welcome to still come by and take in the atmosphere. How many times can you take in hockey at the Bell Center in the summer? The Bell Center’s doors will be open for refreshments, and of course, we hope that the social media channels will be buzzing with activity. If you’re able to live-tweet the event, use the hashtag #FHFF and help raise awareness for those who struggle to put enough food on the table.
It doesn’t get any better than this. Habs, hockey and helping the hungry.
Let’s get it done Montreal! We’re not going to let Toronto top us, are we?
Who says hockey is a winter-only sport? Want proof? Then head out to Parc François-Perrault in Montreal’s St-Michel/Villeray district on Wednesday, June 29th between noon and 6:00pm for a game of ball hockey to help the hungry. The rink is part of the Canadiens “Bleu-Blanc-Bouge” program, and the Habs have graciously agreed to let Five Hole For Food use the rink for the day. The post-game action will happen at Boston Pizza – 7300 Boulevard des Roseraie Anjou, QC H1M 2T5. Boston Pizza is also a major sponsor of Five Hole For Food, so its only fitting that we help return the favour.
So what do you have to do? It’s pretty simple – bring your hockey stick and some non-perishable food items for the benefit of Moisson Montréal. As if playing hockey and helping Montreal’s less fortunate wasn’t enough, with your donation, you’ll have a chance to win a 2010-2010 Montreal Canadiens signed team stick.
If you haven’t yet heard of Five Hole For Food, here’s the quick rundown: Richard Loat (also known as @mozy19 on twitter) wanted to find a way to give back to the community following the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and came up with the idea of driving across Canada, playing ball hockey while raising food for local food banks. What’s better than that? Probably nothing. Last year’s event was an absolute success – far exceeding their donation goals. This year’s campaign is also on track to break their new goal, and Montreal will get their opportunity on June 29th.
Five Hole For Food has grown from a small operation to a full-fledged team replete with a media relations team, a communications department, PR personnel, sponsorship specialists and much, much more.
Here’s a video from last year’s event in Ile Perrot, it will give a flavour of what you can expect on Wednesday:
If you’re on vacation, or off from school, what better way to spend a summer afternoon than to get some ball hockey in while helping the less fortunate? We hope to see you there!