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Richard Loat staged street-hockey games in nine cities from Montreal to Vancouver to raise donations for local food banks. The Vancouver game takes place tomorrow at 5:30 pm on Granville’s 800 block and all are welcome. Photo by: Michael Budd

Street hockey trip feeds hungry

July 8, 2010

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Richard Loat is on the road trip of a lifetime. The third-year communication student has organized a cross-country food drive called Five Hole for Food, combining his passions for hockey and giving back to the community.

As part of a road trip from Montreal to Vancouver, Loat set up street-hockey games in nine cities along the way and encouraged participants to bring donations for their local food bank.

"I had a road trip to Montreal already planned for this summer when I realized this could be an opportunity to help those who are less fortunate," says Loat, an avid Vancouver Canucks blogger.

"Using social media, I started talking to hockey fans throughout the country about this idea and the feedback was positive. I knew this was the start of something big."

Five Hole for Food’s first game was in Montreal on June 29, attracting a crowd of 50, with 38 players. The game generated almost 200 pounds of food donations. Since then, the road trip has made stops in Ottawa, Toronto, Regina, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.

Loat and his crew are in Victoria today (July 8) and their final game is tomorrow on Granville Street in Vancouver.

"We’re very excited that the City of Vancouver is allowing us to play downtown. It’ll be just like during the Winter Olympics when Canadians spontaneously started playing street hockey in the Granville mall area," says Loat.

The game is free to play and Loat is asking his fellow SFU students to join him in celebrating sport and community. The street-hockey ball drops at 5:30 pm in the 800-block of Granville Street. Volunteers from the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society will be there to collect food donations. More: www.fiveholeforfood.com.

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