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SLC Police Foundations Program hockey tournament raises more than $3,000 for cancer patients

2012-02-15

KINGSTON – One the ice, the Kingston Police hockey team won the Terry Morahan-Burgess/Police Foundations Hockey Tournament.

But off the ice, the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation and, more specifically, future cancer patients were the big winners from the event, run by St. Lawrence College students and Kingston Police.

Police Foundations Program (PFP) students handed a cheque for $3,343.10 to the foundation in a ceremony at the St. Lawrence College Student Association lounge on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

It represented money raised from the annual charity hockey tournament, held Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Cataraqui Community Centre.

More than 100 hockey players took part and raised proceeds through jersey and T-shirt sales. There was a Kingston Police team, plus teams representing first- and second-year PFP students and alumni.

Money was also raised through sales of chili provided by St. Lawrence College Culinary Management students and Gatorade provided by the SLC Athletics department.

The event started in 2008 as a single hockey game played between PFP students and a Kingston Police team. It was organized by then-students Sherrie Edmunds and Shane Peters.

They ended up with some extra money from players who paid to participate in the game. They decided to donate that money to charity. Since then, the event has grown to a nearly day-long event. It was recently renamed as the Terry Morahan-Burgess/Police Foundations Hockey Tournament, to honour the former St. Lawrence College faculty member who died of cancer.

Kelly Bodie, the manager of the Ambulatory Oncology Program with the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, accepted the cheque and thanked participants for their efforts.

She said the money will likely be used to purchase new equipment to treat patients, as the foundation is about to go into a redevelopment stage that will include expanding its space.

“It’s so very generous for people to think of us,” Bodie said. “We think we’re a worthwhile cause because cancer touches everyone’s life. This will help us care for our friends and relatives.”

Edmunds and Peters played on the alumni team in the event and returned to the college for the cheque presentation.

“It’s just wild for me to come back and see how big it is,” Peters said. “Hopefully next year it will be even bigger.”

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