Dal charity hockey game raises $31,500 for IWK

Dalhousie University’s Residence Charity Face-Off March 10 surpassed all expectations for this year, bringing in $31,500 for the IWK Health Centre Foundation.

Matt Robinson holding the $31,500 cheque made out to the IWK Children's Hospital. (Allie Sweeting photo)

By Allie Sweeting

Dalhousie University’s Residence Charity Face-Off, which took place on March 10, surpassed all expectations for this year, bringing in $31,500 for the IWK Health Centre Foundation.

“The residences really got behind it this year and went above and beyond for the IWK,” says Joanna Hamilton, Manager of Annual Giving for the IWK.

The Residence Charity Face-Off has been raising money for the IWK for the past five years, and every year the event has increased in size.

“This is our biggest year in terms of fundraising and our biggest year in terms of getting the broadest group of folks from campus involved,” says Matt Robinson, Residence Life Manager of Howe Hall. “I think it was probably the biggest turn out we’ve had.”

Before it became a fundraiser for the IWK, the event was a simple rivalry game between Risley Hall residence and Howe Hall residence.

“Now it’s not just Howe and Risley, which is a common mistake that just about everyone makes,” says Robinson. “We divide Dal campus essentially down University Avenue.”

The Trojans’ team is now made up of Howe Hall, the mini-residence houses and the Sexton campus residences, while the Big Horns are made up of Risley Hall, Sheriff Hall, and Eliza Ritchie Hall.

Since the teams have expanded, their fundraising has improved substantially.

“I think (the game) made $10,000 that first year for the IWK,” says Robinson, “$20,000 the next, $25,000, $23,500 (the next).”

“This year alone we’ve raised $31,500 so far,” says Joe Garnett, a Dalhousie student, Trojans coach and one of the fundraising organizers, “which puts our five-year total to $110,000.”

Donations for the event came in from sponsors like the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU),  Aramark (Dalhousie Food Services) and the Bank of Montreal.

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“A lot of (the money) comes from player fees. We charge each player an $100 player fee, which is basically just a straight donation to the IWK,” says Garnett. “We also had a private donor from Ontario donate $5,000.”

Ticket sales and small fundraisers within the residence buildings also contributed to the final figure.

“The money raised will help the IWK purchase critical medical equipment, fund groundbreaking research and provide services that offer comfort to families during difficult times,” says Hamilton.

In previous years Robinson says the money raised went into buying smart pumps for pediatric care, which he says are essentially really accurate medicine dispensers.

“The IWK, if I’m not mistaken, is really looking to completely overhaul their fleet of anesthesiology machines,” says Robinson. “I would suspect a good chunk of our money would probably go to that this year.”

Hamilton says the IWK is grateful for Dalhousie’s support.

“Without events such as the Dalhousie Residence Charity Face-Off,” says Hamilton, “the IWK would not be able to provide world-class specialized care to thousands of children, youth, women and families in the Maritimes and beyond.”