Sirens Charity Hockey Game Raises Almost $ 10,000

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On its first comeback since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sirens Charity Hockey Game broke its own personal best, raising the equivalent of $ 9,670 for Airdrie 1 st Club Christmas basket program.

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Airdrie firefighters and members of the RCMP faced off at the Rob Ebbeson Arena on Saturday, December 4, along with On The Bench duo Olly Postanin and Jacob Ardown, as well as Calgary Flames alumni Chris Herperger, Brent Gogol , Sean Selmser, Curtis Glencross, Jamie Macoun, Tim Hunter and Dana Murzyn, to settle the Friendly Rival of the Year for a community cause.

The results of the game were better than imagined thanks to an unexpected contribution from Calgary Flames alumni, said Andrew MacPherson, Charities Coordinator for the Airdrie Professional Firefighters Association.

“We’re super excited for the amount because this year the Flames alumni donated $ 5,000 which really put us over the last game total well,” said MacPherson.

“We are very excited to be able to help give so much money,” he said.

In the end, the firefighters took the win with a final score of 12-7, earning bragging rights for the year.

“We’re really happy about that, but was there really any doubt (that the fire would win)? MacPherson laughed.

“We were pretty confident and pumped that it worked in our favor, but the game is all about fun. It’s just a friendly competition for the benefit of charity.

Benefiting from charity is exactly what the event achieved. Helen Gitzel President of Airdrie 1 st Club, said the contribution will go to baskets for about 30 families.

“I would like to say thank you to everyone. It was such a fun and absolutely heartwarming evening, ”said Gitzel.

“The feeling you get how much Airdrie cares about you and how much they support our fire department and the RCMP, was overwhelming. “

Airdrie 1 st The club’s basket program runs through December 17, and their goal is to collect 1,200 sets of hats or toques, gloves and scarves to include in each basket.

The group prefers cash donations at this time, and anyone wishing to contribute can do so by visiting airdrie1st.com.

“Our donations are down, but we’re happy with everything we’re getting because we’re helping people,” Gitzel said.

Catherine J. Martinez