Again, the initiative is a friendly competition among all BCHL teams to see who can raise the most for their local food bank.
So far, three dates have been hosted. After the effort held by the Nanaimo Clippers on Saturday, Nov. 12, they are the current leaders in the Challenge. Saturday at Frank Crane Arena, the Clippers and their supporters raised 5,513 pounds of food which will go to their partners at the Loaves & Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo.
“This is our fourth year running the Five Hole for Food Challenge and each time, we’ve managed to top the total from the previous season,” said BCHL communications director Brent Mutis. “The support we’ve seen from fans and sponsors, as well as the hard work by players and team staff, has made this a success. I’m confident we can post an even bigger number this year.”
The remaining dates on the BCHL Five Hole for Food Challenge presented by First West Credit Union are as follows:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18: MERRITT CENTENNIALS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26: POWELL RIVER KINGS
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1: PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2: TRAIL SMOKE EATERS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11: LANGLEY RIVERMEN
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16: COQUITLAM EXPRESS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: COWICHAN VALLEY CAPITALS
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28: CHILLIWACK CHIEFS
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29: VERNON VIPERS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8: SURREY EAGLES
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14: PENTICTON VEES
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14: ALBERNI VALLEY BULLDOGS
Over the last three seasons, more than 110,000 pounds of food has been raised for food banks in B.C. and Washington.
Last season’s winners of the Challenge were the Vernon Vipers, who raised 6,877 pounds on their date.
The running totals can be seen on the BCHL website on the Five Hole for Food page, under ‘THE BCHL’ menu and the ‘In the Community’ section.