The Richmond RCMP ball hockey team may not have won the recent Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer Ball hockey Tournament held earlier this month in Vancouver, but they did raise almost $11,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
The team consisted of a number of officers from the Richmond RCMP Detachment, their family members & friends, & was organized by an officer who had lost a family member to cancer. In an email sent by this officer to the detachment encouraging everyone to donate, the officer wrote “I’m playing for those that are too sick to play, & require the proper treatment, so that they too can one day play for themselves & someone else. I’m playing so that my efforts will make a truly impactful difference in the Canadian Cancer Society’s world class research efforts, all striving towards one ultimate vision: conquer cancer in our lifetime.”
Each team member was responsible for collecting donations, & several fundraising events were hosted by the team in the months that lead up to the tournament.
Five games of road hockey were played in the dawn-to-dusk event held on October 13th which saw the RCMP team finishing with two wins, two losses & a tie. By the end of the tournament everyone was exhausted & soaked as it rained throughout the day, but if you asked every player they would tell you it was all worth it raising money for such a valuable cause.