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Pond Hockey on the Rock Festival raised $40K in the fight against cancer

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Despite the mild winter this year and other challenges Greater Sudbury’s Pond Hockey on the Rock Festival was able to raise $40,000 for Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer and Camp Quality Northern Ontario.

Teams competing in the 2024 Pond Hockey on the Rock Festival's tournament at the Delki Dozi outdoor rink in February. (Pond Hockey Festival on the Rock/Facebook)

Back in early February, teams of volunteers managed to make a usable ice surface with only a few hours to spare before the tournament began.

“Simply put, mild weather is not your friend when planning an outdoor hockey festival,” said officials with the annual event.

“However, through sheer determination, thousands of weather forecasts refreshes and the tireless efforts of countless individuals in our community, we persevered.”

Festival officials said they are grateful for all of the support they have received.

“A heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who made this weekend possible,” said organizers in a previous social media post after the tournament.

“As a 100% volunteer-run festival, with your help, we are proud to able to raise a significant amount of funds for local children affected by cancer this weekend.”

The festival committee has also decided to recognize the efforts of the three outdoor playground rinks, Algonquin, Delki Dozi and Robinson, that have made the tournament possible the last few years and is making donations to support the rinks.

“Your invaluable contributions have truly transformed lives and left an indelible mark on our community,” said festival officials.

“We extend gratitude to every player, sponsor, and volunteer who helped.”

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