TTC Toy Drive 2015
Hello Scarborough Ice Raiders Hockey Club, my name is Kevin Kane and I work with Ed Wahl at TTC. He has generously offered to involve the Ice Raiders in this year’s TTC toy drive for the Canadian Center for Abuse Awareness [abusehurts.com].
The Center for Abuse Awareness has been in business for 22 years now. It was formed to reduce the incidence and impact of abuse through education and public awareness. They operate solely on private donations with no sustaining funds from any government.
I started the TTC Toy Drive 10 years ago and the Stuff the Bus campaign 8 yrs. ago. To date we have raised $250,000 in toys and product and helped over 20,000 children and 7500 families have a Christmas and start over.
On the weekends of November 14 and 21 there will be people at Don Montgomery Arena from 1200 – 600 collecting new unwrapped toys, toiletries, socks and underwear, gift cards, clothing all sizes, diapers and all baby related products, gift cards and cash.
I am honoured the Scarborough Ice Raiders have joined this very important venture. You will be helping thousands of children have a Christmas they wouldn’t be able to have.
If you have any questions you can reach me at email@example.com
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STUFF THE BUS - TTC TOY DRIVE 2015
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Letter to the Mayor of Toronto
November 3, 2015
Dear: Mr. Mayor
I am taking this time to write to you on behalf of the 1,000 playing members and their families that I represent as the President of S.H.A. Hockey Club (Scarborough Ice Raiders) as well as on behalf of all our “sister” organizations within the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
Within the Greater Toronto Hockey League there are approximately a total of 40,000 playing members and their families. The majority of these families reside across the entire City of Toronto.
This past season the City of Toronto approved and increased the cost of City ice by 7.25%. This has virtually crippled the ability of all organizations to continue providing a cost efficient program for the residents of the City you represent.
In our particular situation, we operate on a “cost recovery basis” and subsidize each player approximately $50.00 through fundraising and generous donations from our sponsors. The added increase to the cost of operations this season through increased ice costs is $37,000 which we did not pass on to the parents. This means we need to find roughly $87,000 to balance our books for this season.
Operating in Scarborough, you may well know we have many families of need, as do all organizations within the City. We operate out of the Don Montgomery Community Centre which is considered a “Priority Centre” within the City. As a part of the Community itself that we help provide for, consideration from our City Council is required if Minor Hockey is to survive in Toronto.
I certainly am not naïve enough to state that all Minor Hockey will collapse, however Minor Hockey for the less fortunate in the City that you and your Council represent very easily could. There are many programs within the Community to help provide for these children but for the first time, a major supporter has notified our program that “funding is exhausted” for this season.
I am in the process of gathering names from all our families and the families of all other programs within Toronto to not only send this letter but provide an opportunity to voice their opinions to Council.
I would like the opportunity to sit down with yourself and some of your Council to discuss any thoughts on increasing ice costs for next season. Even the standard 2.25% increase that seems to happen annually could create a situation that would force some of our playing members and those from other Clubs out of the game.
The need for all Leaders in the City, including Council, is to now try and come up with a solution to help provide these programs for the youth of the City. I wrote the former Mayor twice, and a colleague of mine (Bruce Hamilton) who is a Director within the S.H.A. Hockey Club, wrote to you last spring. Of these three times we have yet to receive a response so I am asking you to please help by responding before the situation deteriorates beyond repair.
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For those of our families who are not receiving our email blasts which is a result of us either having the wrong email or you having unsubscribed in the past. Emails and the website are the main line of communication between the “League” and our playing members therefore it is important to keep this updated.
Please take the following steps to insure your email is added to the list as we do not have the ability to add those who have unsubscribed in the past.
Click on the link below which will take you to a copy of an email blast (Evaluation Skates) scroll down to the bottom and click on the “subscribe” option and follow the instructions. This will enable you to receive our emails and keep informed of all events and changes within the program.
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With Heavy Hearts
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I am writing on behalf of the Directors and myself to you at this time to advise you of a terrible loss within our Hockey Family.
Eric Bellchambers a 12 year old player in the Peewee Division who played on the "Flyers Team" coached by his father John, has passed away suddenly in December.
Our entire organization's thoughts and prayers are with the Bellchambers at this time.