Even though their season is over, the Humboldt Peewee 1 Broncos are pretty excited.
Thanks to their help raising money for PARTNERS Family Services and a one minute video, the team competed and won the Good Deeds Cup regional competition and $7,000 that went to the Humboldt and District Food Bank and the Humboldt Summer Respite Camp and $2,000 to their team.
The team is now representing Saskatchewan in the national Good Deeds Cup against teams from every province and territory with a chance to win $15,000 for their two local charities as well as money to themselves, Humboldt Minor Hockey, and Saskatchewan Minor Hockey.
But the team needs everyone’s support by voting online at chevrolet.ca. People can vote daily for their favourite Peewee do good team.
Jackson Beggs says that money will go to the same charities that they did in the first round.
The team did a bottle drive and raised $800 for the purchase of personal hygiene product to donate to PARTNERS and created a video about the experience.
“It feels great that we’re helping out other people and spending our time to help them out,” says Nicolas Engele.
Head coach Maury Simoneau says the kids are building each other up as a team off the ice and are learning that they can make a difference no matter what their age.
“Just seeing them smile and rally together for a cause, they should be proud of their efforts.”
Representing Saskatchewan, Maury says that he really hopes the rest of Humboldt and Saskatchewan gets behind their efforts to help out the Food Bank and Camp.
It would be really great to bring this thing home, he says but win or lose, the kids have learned a lot with this experience, which he hopes to continue, says Maury.
“Seeing the kids do something away from the ice and rally as a team off the ice and learn it doesn’t matter what age they are, they are able to do positive stuff for the community, is pretty important lesson to learn.”
What was great about the charities chosen is that the players themselves decided where the money goes to, says Maury.
The players have jumped right in and are doing the leg work to get votes, says Terri Simoneau who is part of the parent group looking after the Cup efforts.
“Kids have been walking around town, doing a lot of that PR work with local businesses and their own schools. They’ve never once said I’m too afraid to go in and talk to people.”
With Humboldt’s support, Maury says they really think they have a chance to win nationally so they can help out those local charities.
“If the community could step up and give us these votes, to be able to give them that extra $4,000 to $5,000, that means a lot.”
Voting ends on April 20 and can be found at www.chevrolet.ca.