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The Coronation Peewee Select Bengals and their friends raised almost $28,000 for Camp Trillium!!
Submitted By Darcy Elliott on Monday, January 13, 2020
The Bengals want to thank everyone who helped out and supported the team.  The generosity of your time, your money and your attention was much appreciated!

Our Charity of Choice- Camp Trillium.

Camp Trillium offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. They provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping children with cancer in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.

Camp Trillium provides these services to over 3000 campers each year. Bringing entire families who live with cancer together and are run at no cost to the family.  Because Camp Trillium is privately funded, and a volunteer-based charity it does all these amazing things without any government funding – relying entirely by donations from individuals, service clubs, businesses, and foundations.


Why did we want to help?

We all know someone affected by cancer.  It touches us all.  The startling fact is that nearly 500 children in Ontario each year are diagnosed with cancer. Not only is this traumatic for the children affected, but also places a tremendous burden on the family as a whole.  Our local hockey association catchment is fairly small (a few thousand households), but despite this small population, we have several families who are affected by childhood cancer and regularly attend Camp Trillium. 

The Bengals used their desire to make a change in their community by helping these families, and many others like them, by partnering with Camp Trillium. The goal was to raise $25,000 to support children and their families dealing with cancer.  The team also used their efforts to apply for the Good Deeds Cup- a Hockey Canada / Chevrolet initiative that rewards the best peewee team off the ice by donating $100,000 to their charity of choice.


How did we try to achieve our goal?

As a team, we discussed many ways that we could raise funds and awareness for Camp Trillium.

Many ideas were discussed, like shaving our heads for donations, random acts of kindness, bottle drives, bake sales, etc.  In the end, a number of different fundraising and awareness initiatives (that ensured inclusivity of all members of the team) were undertaken.  (As you can imagine, not all 11-12 year old children wanted to shave their head!)

The initiatives the team undertook were:

(1)   Head shave to raise awareness and donations. 

(2)   Online auction:  This included players waiting outside the ScotiaBank Arena to get autographs from the Toronto Maple Leaf players that could be auctioned.

(3)   Raffle:  This initiative required (a) players to canvass local businesses for donation of raffle prizes. This was a player-driven initiative, meaning the player did most of the talking, and resulted in over 30 businesses contributing to the raffle prizes. (b) players selling raffle tickets in the community and at the arena.

(4)   Sidewalk Awareness Campaign:  The Bengals, their families and friends took the streets in our neighbourhood over the Christmas holidays with signs and cups to raise funds and awareness for Camp Trillium.

(5)    Random acts of kindness:  Some players shovelled driveways, cleaned up yards in the neighbourhood and collected bottles and cans. Any act of kindness, when offered compensation, was donated to Camp Trillium.

(6)   Christmas Ornament making and sales:  Some players and their families made birch tree ornaments and sold them to raise money for Camp Trillium.


So far, the Bengals have raised almost $28,000 to support Camp Trillium with more to come! 
Way to go Bengals!! You are an inspiration to your families, friends and your community!

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