WATCH: Hundreds of people spent the day at the Pierrefonds Sportsplexe to raise cash for those in need. This became the 15th edition of the Hockey Helps the Homeless fundraiser in Montreal, and as Global’s Amanda Jelowicki explains, the Montreal event is one among the most important of its kind in Canada. Global’s Amanda Jelowicki reports.
For a brilliant seven a long time now, Nicolas Matossian has tied up his skates and donned his equipment to play hockey. But rarely is it as significant as when he performs in the Hockey Helps the Homeless event.
“That is virtually one of the great matters that brings humans together. It’s now not simply scoring desires, it has a reason,” Matossian said as he was about to play his second sport of the morning.
For 15 years, extra than four hundred gamers, volunteers and organisers in Montreal have popped out for the Hockey Helps the Homeless charitable occasion. On Friday, pickup hockey players got to rub shoulders with many dozen former NHL stars who dedicated to playing in the match, including Georges Laraque, Vincent Damphousse and Shayne Corson.
“For me, it’s just a way to offer again,” said Corson. “You listen to the stories of a number of the kids and adults that are homeless, and they are quite sad tales. My mother and father laboured seven days every week, 24 hours a day to position me via hockey. I would never have were given to wherein I did without help so for me which will supply back is essential.”
Former Habs player Laraque is also heavily involved within the tournament, gambling in almost everyone across the usa for the duration of the yr.
“Just the truth we will play hockey to raise money to help the homeless is exceptional because you never realise, it may be us the next day, it may be a pal of ours, family — it can be all people,” Laraque said.
Organisers say the occasion is specific in that players of every age pop out and play together to raise cash.
“Some 20-somethings play, there are guys of their 70s who play,” said Hockey Helps the Homeless executive director Ryan Baillie. “Hockey unites. It unites not just at the ice in a group way, but it unites us (for) this common purpose. It’s outstanding.”
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This year, 12 Montreal groups will proportion the greater than $four hundred,000 raised on the all-day tourney in Pierrefonds. Many of the beneficiary organisations had been accessible for the match.
“We do no longer have authorities assist. It sustains us, this type of funding,” said Sheila Woodhouse of Nazareth House.
Woodhouse says it’s exceptionally tough to climb out of the cycle of homelessness, but economic assist helps.
“Imagine spending your day, and nobody talks to you, no person seems at you; you’re socially remoted. That is as awful as having not anything: no food, no region to consume,” she said.