I am once again participating in Edges’ 11th annual 24 Hour Charity Challenge Hockey Game and like to extend my thanks to everyone who donated last year. After the announcement of easing of public health restrictions, the game has been scheduled for April 8th-9th.
About the event:
The fundraising event is a 24-hour hockey game. The game pits Edges instructors’ expertise (and age) against our young power skating students ranging in age from Learn to Hockey to Junior. The instructors have donated their time during planning and to play the game, for 24 hours! The Canadian Athletic Club has donated the ice and arena staff for the entire 24-hour period, and participants will pay an entry fee in addition to obtaining pledges in the community.
Proceeds from the 24-hour Game go to support the Matt Cook Foundation CARES packages which are presented to young adult in-patients at the Cross Cancer Institute. The packages include an iPad, Beats head phones, iTunes gift cards, a blanket, journal, flashlight, all in a wheeled travel bag. They are intended to help the young patient keep connected to their friends and family as they battle for their lives, something that Matt himself felt was necessary.
This will be my 11th year participating in the event and my 5th year going for the Iron Man Trophy which is given to those whole play through the full 24 hours.
My personal goal this year is to raise is $2000 through pledges and the Ledcor Cares Match, which is only made possible with your generous support and donations.
11th Annual 24 Hour Charity Challenge
Welcome to The 11th Annual 24 Hour Charity Challenge hosted by Edges Professional Skating Instruction, in partnership with Superskate Advanced Hockey Development Association and the Canadian Athletic Club. All proceeds from this fundraising event go to the Matt Cook Foundation.
Our 24 Hour Charity Challenge pits Edges instructors’ expertise (and age) against our young power skating students. Our instructors donate their time to plan the event, obtain pledges and of course to play the game, for the FULL 24 hours. The Canadian Athletic Club donates the ice and arena staff for the entire 24-hour period, and participants pay an entry fee as well as obtain pledges in the community.
After a couple modified events, we are extremely excited to be back to our normal time of year, and look forward to a great event on April 8th & 9th, 2022. Thank you to everyone involved for making this happen.
For more about Matt and the Foundation, please visit www.mattcookfoundation.com
For more about The 24 Hour Charity Challenge, please visit www.24hrcharitychallenge.ca
About Matt Cook & the Matt Cook Foundation
Matt Cook was a former student of Edges. In 2006, while playing junior hockey, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare cancer found most often in young people, resulting in 31 rounds of chemotherapy and a below knee amputation.
Never one to quit, Matt quickly learned sledge hockey and in September 2008 made the Canadian Men’s Sledge Hockey Team. He proudly wore the Team Canada jersey as he followed his new goal to play in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. After one successful season on the national team and his aspirations getting closer than ever before, the cancer spread yet again. Matt was unable to continue and sadly, he passed away in Edmonton on April 4, 2010.