Safe Communities Canada

Safe Communities Canada

October 03, 2007 10:04 ET

Safe Communities Canada Receives $20,000 From Local Hockey Enthusiasts

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2007) - At a ceremony at John Fisher Junior Public School to celebrate the first Safe Communities Canada Day, Jim Levins, Safe Communities Board of Directors Chair and Paul Kells, Safe Communities Canada Founder, accepted a cheque in the amount of $20,000 from the volunteer organizers of the Annual Kellsie Memorial Hockey Day.

Mr. David Hammer of the organizing committee presented the cheque. "We were all very close friends of Sean Kells, who died in an avoidable workplace accident some ten years ago. Sean's love of sport, especially hockey, and the impact he made on all of our lives is what motivated a group of us to do something to make a difference in support of a cause we know he would whole-heartedly endorse." Mr. Hammer said. "It is because of the needless death of Sean that his father, Paul, started the Safe Communities movement in Canada over ten years ago. We are proud of Paul's success and are only to honoured to be able to do our small part in order that Safe communities Canada can continue to grow and become established in all of our communities in Canada" he added.

In four short years the organizers of the Annual Kellsie Memorial Hockey Day has raised over $78,000 and have expanded their original program to include a free morning training session for children that not only is designed to enhance their skills on the ice but to increase awareness of the importance of safety in sport. The 2007 event included over 80 children at the morning session and was concluded with an afternoon tournament that had approximately 100 players. The annual tournament is held at the North Toronto Arena where many of the participants played hockey as youngsters.

"What a great pleasure it is every year to see this group of fine young people come together from all parts of Canada to rekindle memories, share stories, get caught up on each other's lives and do what I remember them doing as kids - play the sport they and my son loved." Mr. Kells said in accepting the cheque. "The fantastic effort these fine young people demonstrate each year with compassion, enthusiasm and hope, is truly moving. Our society has a strong future as demonstrated by the work of these supporters and replicated across the country and I personally thank them for what they stand for" he added.

Safe Communities Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to helping communities build the capacity and resources they will need as they commit to coordinated, thoughtful and strategic programmes to reduce the pain of injury and death and promote a culture of safety in every community in the country.

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