Cape Breton hockey player shares love of the game with love of fundraising

SYDNEY, NS –When Boyd Pelley approached his under-18 minor hockey coach about an opportunity to raise money for a charitable cause, he received not only support, but directional advice as well.

“He had a bunch of ideas, but none of them really sounded good,” said Joe Bellefontaine, head coach of the Under-18 Team 3 of the Cape Breton County Minor Hockey Association. can achieve, maybe try to find a corporate sponsorship and a set goal that you want to achieve. “

What the 17-year-old from Sydney initially had in mind was to fundraise at the team’s home games to make a donation. Then, after discussions with family members and her trainer, Pelley decided to find corporate sponsors to support her cause, with the goal of raising $ 500 by Christmas.

‘JUST GO FOR IT’

“They motivated me to go there,” Pelley said. “So the first thing I did was contact a few companies in town to see if they would sponsor our team.

“It probably took a couple of days when these four – Protocase, Subway, MNP and Colbourne Chrysler – got back to me and told me they were in fundraising.”

Finally, Pelley came up with his fundraising idea: for every goal scored by their hockey team, the team would look for a sponsor to donate $ 10 per goal for regular games, “and $ 20 per shutout”. did he declare. “Companies could sponsor us up to $ 500. On top of that, we collect money from our home games. These would be our greatest contributions.

On top of that, other donations have poured in, including some from the Cape Breton County Minor Hockey Association itself.

Pelley is no stranger to charitable causes. During the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, and needing something to occupy his time, he applied for a summer scholarship program to work at the Loaves and Fishes nonprofit in north Sydney .

‘GOOD MIX OF EVERYTHING’

“I worked as a kitchen assistant which included a good mix of everything,” he said. “At the time, the dining room was not open (due to COVID restrictions) so we were doing take out orders where we served people out the window, chatted with them, helped in the kitchen whenever I could, and took over some cleaning and landscaping tasks.

Pelley enjoyed the experience so much that he applied for the position again the following year and worked at Loaves and Fishes while also taking on volunteer duties elsewhere.

Hockey is also relatively new to Pelley. Although he made his first attempts when he was “about four or five years old, I didn’t really like getting up at 6 in the morning to go to practice, so that demotivated me a bit. But then my friends convinced to start over. And after my first season, I knew it was my sport… and then the passion grew from there.

While the pandemic cut the U18 C team’s schedule short, the team still managed 39 goals in nine games, Bellefontaine said. And on Tuesday, Pelley and her teammates traveled to Loaves and Fishes to donate their fundraising total of $ 3,000.

“It wasn’t just me; it was a team effort and I have to thank them for it, ”said Pelley.

Bellefontaine added: “It’s great to see him involved in all of this. And it’s great to see him involved in hockey so much – he’s got such a great attitude, he’s positive and loves the game so much.

Catherine J. Martinez