NOHA Official Making a Positive Impact Off the Ice
Date: Dec, 14, 2018 01:02 AM EDT
SUDBURY, Ont. - An official from the Northern Ontario Hockey Association is using his passion to make a difference for children receiving medical treatment through Blowing the Whistle for Kids Care.
After witnessing the logistical challenges a colleague’s son faced receiving medical care in Northern Ontario, Eric Caetano, a Level 5 Official with the NOHA decided to give back to his community by using the game of hockey as a platform to do so. Inspired to make a difference, Caetano reached out to Health Sciences North and with their help Blowing the Whistle for Kids Care came to fruition.
Initially the intention was to raise funds to purchase equipment, however now entering into the campaign’s third year Caetano is hoping it will now serve a new purpose.
“After two years, the focus shifted from buying specific equipment, to raising funds to support NEO Kids, which services the North. As many families need to travel to either Sick Kids or CHEO, the idea in Sudbury is to have similar services to help all families in need,” he explained.
NEO Kids is Northeastern Ontario’s hub for specialized children’s care located at Health Sciences North in Greater Sudbury. The hub serves to ensure that as many children as possible can stay in Northeastern Ontario to get the care they need, in a child-and youth-centred environment.
Over the past two seasons Blowing the Whistle for Kids Care has raised $17,000 for NEO Kids Foundation. Through official’s donations, local hockey team donations, raffles and a $2500 donation Caetano has already been able to pass the campaigns annual goal of $2500, and is well on their way to surpassing last year’s total of $5000.
This year, Caetano has also personally pledged to donate 100% of his game fees for the month of December to the cause.
“I’m very excited about the event this year, and this has truly given me a reason to work even harder when I step on the ice during the month of December,” he said. “I know that together we can make a huge difference in supporting families in Sudbury and the North. What better way is there, then connecting through something we all love- and that is through the game of hockey.”
For more information on how to contribute, visit NEO Kids https://www.neokidsfoundation.ca/ (please note the campaign: Blowing the Whistle for Kids Care ), or reach out to Caetano directly through firstname.lastname@example.org.