Five Hole for Food

Five Hole for Food

June 26, 2012 06:12 ET

Five Hole for Food Plays Ball Hockey Across Canada To Feed the Hungry for the Third Year

Team Sets Off on 100,000-Pound Food Drive for Local Food Banks

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2012) - Five Hole for Food (FHFF) is tackling hunger for a third consecutive summer in a 13-city, coast-to-coast road trip starting July 3 with a goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food to feed Canadians in need.

Last year's campaign saw people come together and contribute almost 43,000 pounds of food to community food banks in cities stretching from Newfoundland to B.C.

"Our intention in 2011 was to collect 20,000 pounds of food and we ended up more than doubling our goal," said FHFF founder Richard Loat, 23. "We're upping the ante this year. While our target to bring in 100,000 pounds of food sounds ambitious, I'm confident Canadians will step up to help us help others.

"The generosity of the people we met on the road was overwhelming, especially the teenage girl in Toronto who collected donations at her high school on our behalf. It's people like her and those who volunteer at food banks who are the real heroes."

Loat and his friends - Victor Lo, Jonathan Buyco and Tierney Milne - begin their 19-day journey in St. John's, N.L. They will set up drop-in ball-hockey games at each stop and people are invited to bring their hockey stick to play. It's free to participate, but players are asked to bring a cash donation or a non-perishable good for the food bank.

The 2012 schedule:

  • July 3: St. John's, N.L.
  • July 5: Halifax, N.S.
  • July 6: Charlottetown, PEI
  • July 7: Saint John, N.B.
  • July 9: Montreal, Q.C.
  • July 10: Ottawa, ON
  • July 12: Toronto, ON
  • July 14: Winnipeg, MB
  • July 15: Regina, SK
  • July 17: Calgary, AB
  • July 18: Edmonton, AB
  • July 20: Victoria, B.C.
  • July 21: Vancouver, B.C.

This year's sponsors include: Molson Canadian, Chevrolet Canada, TELUS, London Drugs, Nature's Path, Jan K. Overweel Limited, NHLPA, Tiger Lotus Media, Canadian Pacific, Webber Naturals, Marketwire, Boston Pizza, and John van der Woude Designs.

For more information about FHFF or to donate online, visit

Five Hole for Food (FHFF) is a non-profit organization that embarks on an annual cross-country road trip to feed hungry Canadians. From Newfoundland to British Columbia, it organizes drop-in ball-hockey games in major cities to collect donations and create awareness for community food banks. Since its inception in 2010, FHFF has collected the equivalent of almost 70,000 pounds of food. This year's campaign starts July 3 in St. John's, N.L., and finishes with its premiere event July 21 in Vancouver, B.C. The road crew will drive approximately 11,000 kilometres, visiting 13 cities in 19 days.

Suggested tweet: Will You Play Hockey for Food? Join @fiveholeforfood in helping your local food bank. #FHFF

About Us

-- Five Hole for Food is a 19-city cross-country road trip that will see ball hockey games played in St. John's, Halifax, Charlottetown, Saint John, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver.

-- This event was created in 2010 by Richard Loat, a Canadian hockey fan from Vancouver, B.C., who combined his love for hockey with a grassroots campaign to raise awareness and solicit donations for food banks across the country.

-- Since its inception, Five Hole for Food has collected almost 70,000 pounds of food for community food banks. This year marks the third road trip for Loat and crew.

-- In 2012, the Five Hole for Food crew will drive approximately 11,000 kilometres across Canada over a span of 19 days in a Chevrolet Traverse sponsored by Chevrolet Canada.

-- A ball hockey game has been organized in each city - participants and spectators are encouraged to bring their hockey sticks and a food donation. The event will benefit food banks in each respective community.

-- Five Hole for Food sponsors are: Molson Canadian, Chevrolet Canada, TELUS, London Drugs, Nature's Path, Jan K. Overweel Limited, NHLPA, Tiger Lotus Media, Canadian Pacific, Webber Naturals, Marketwire, Boston Pizza, and John van der Woude Designs. Click here to see a full list of our sponsors.

-- Official social media channels for Five Hole for Food:

-- Twitter: @FiveHoleforFood

-- Road crew:

-- Richard Loat, @mozy19

-- Victor Lo, @moto_mayhem

-- Jonathan Buyco, @jonathanbuyco

-- Tierney Milne, @tierneymilne

-- Website:

-- Flickr: Five Hole for Food Flickr Stream

-- YouTube: Five Hole for Food YouTube Channel

-- Facebook: Five Hole for Food Facebook Page

-- People can also make donations online via PayPal on our website.

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