VANCOUVER, B.C. – Nicklas, 14, and his dad, former NHLer Todd Harkins, are looking forward to a sold-out General Motors Place for the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup at the end of August, featuring the top four women’s hockey teams in the world. They’re hoping for a great crowd to cheer on Canada’s National Women’s Team and for great ticket sales because a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF), an organization that has been important to their family.
When he was five years old, Nicklas was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, MPS-1, requiring treatments at BC Children’s Hospital. Thanks to a partnership with the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup, taking place August 31 to September 6, and Save-On-Foods, 35 per cent of ticket sales purchased with a special promotion code, will be given to the BCCHF.“We are so grateful for the treatments Nicklas receives at Children's, and for all the amazing doctors and nurses who have become like family to us,” said Kirsten, Nicklas’ mother. “It is hard to imagine being in a situation where you need the services of Children’s Hospital, but it is a valuable resource for everyone. It’s important for all of us in B.C. to have a great team of medical professionals here for our kids.”
Canada’s national women’s hockey players centralized in Calgary last week and are now preparing for their first international competition leading into the 2009-10 season, the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup. The 26 centralized players will compete for one of 21 spots on the final Olympic roster.
“We’re looking forward to competing in Vancouver and getting a feel for what the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be like,” says Hayley Wickenheiser, a three-time Olympian with Canada’s National Women’s Team. “The program being sponsored by Save-On-Foods is a tremendous way to give back to the community. As a mother, I’m proud to be a part of a program that helps out children.”
Save-On-Foods, the newest partner with the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup, is proud to be supporting the event in this unique way.
“The partnership is a great way for us to support the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup women’s tournament and, at the same time, generate support for a cause that’s very important to our team members and customers in the communities we serve,” says Mike Olson, vice-president of operations at Save-On-Foods. “It’s truly a win-win for everyone.”
The money donated will not only help Nicklas, but the more than 70,000 kids who rely on the services at BC Children’s Hospital every year.
Canada’s National Women’s Team will be joined by the United States, Sweden and Finland, competing over five days. The four teams will play one game each day, with semifinals on Saturday, September 5 and the gold medal game scheduled for Sunday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET. The gold medal game will be shown live on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters.
Tickets for the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup start at $10 and will be available through Ticketmaster, at ticketmaster.ca, 1-800-970-SEAT, or any Ticketmaster outlet. Fans can also take advantage of a full-tournament package – which consists of tickets to all 10 games – for $120. Fans can enter Promotion code SOFHO to ensure donations go to BCCHF when purchasing tickets.
For more information on Canada’s National Women’s Team and the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup, visit hockeycanada.ca.
About BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute care hospital and serves the one million children living in British Columbia and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 72,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation received donations from 120,000 people last year and had consolidated revenues of over $61.1 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute.
About Child Health BC
Child Health BC is a network of health authorities and health care providers dedicated to excellence in the care of infants, children and youth in British Columbia. In January 2007, the Overwaitea Food Group became the lead benefactor for Child Health BC with a $20-million pledge of support to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Foundation is continuing to raise funds to support Child Health BC, ensuring all B.C. children have access to a consistent standard of pediatric care no matter where in the province they live.