Hockey Fights Cancer is back for another year with the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose helping to raise money to support those battling cancer.
The Moose are preparing for their Hockey Fights Cancer game on Sunday afternoon against the Calgary Wranglers.
Proceeds from the game will go to Camp Quality Manitoba, an organization that gives kids battling cancer the chance to experience going to camp.
Ainsley Kullman, volunteer camp director with Camp Quality, said this is the fourth time the camp has partnered with the hockey club.
“The campaign and relationship between the Manitoba Moose and Camp Quality Manitoba is huge for us,” Kullman said.
She said that through the partnership, the camp was able to return in person in August and 37 children were able to attend, and with this year’s campaign, she hopes even more children will be able to attend camp next year. .
Kullman said this camp makes kids feel like kids again.
“Camp Quality allows kids to come to camp and be themselves and also see kids who look like them…at camp they are the norm.”
To help raise funds, 16 mystery pucks were sold in the last three home games.
Fifteen of the pucks were signed by former Moose Cole Perfetti.
The 16th is a “super puck”, which means the winner receives a Moose Hockey Fights Cancer jersey signed by the entire team.
Special game-worn jerseys will also be auctioned off with money going to camp, along with 50/50 game proceeds.
Kullman said while the Hockey Fights Cancer event provides a monetary donation to the organization, it also raises awareness among Manitobans.
“We know there are so many more campers in Manitoba who are suffering (from cancer). If anyone can do something, spread the word about Camp Quality Manitoba, donate to children who are suffering from cancer child the opportunity to experience camp.”
More information about Camp Quality Manitoba and how to donate to the organization can be found online.
The Winnipeg Jets’ Hockey Fights Cancer game will take place on November 29 with proceeds going to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.