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Paying It Forward

It was a pretty good year for the Abbotsford Ice Bantam C1 Team. The team, which is part of the Abbotsford Female Hockey Association, is made up of players and parents who are as generous as they are dedicated. When their fundraising efforts exceeded their costs, the team chose to pay it forward, giving their extra donations to charity. They chose Matthew’s House.

“We raise money for our team by keeping a ‘goal pig’,” team manager, Rod Wiebe explains. “Every time our team gets a goal, each parent has to put a quarter in the tin and that player’s parents have to put a dollar. It’s a lot of fun rattling the can whenever we score and we parents give happily.”

The money raised is usually used to cover tournament funds but the girls scored so many goals this year that they ended up covering all their expenses with money left over. When Rod suggested donating the extra funds to Matthew’s House, the parents “were all over it.”

Rod’s daughter, Emily also plays for the team and has visited Matthew’s House in the past.

“It feels really good giving the money to a good cause rather than keeping it for ourselves.”  Emily Wiebe, hockey player

Nearly all the team members had a chance to visit Matthew’s House to present a cheque to resource development coordinator, Alan Cavin. Some parents added to the donations brought in by the team to bring the total to $1,160.

“We are grateful for every donation we receive, especially when it comes from young people like these,” Alan said. “It’s great to see kids helping kids.”

Matthew’s House supports families by providing individualized respite care in a homelike environment for children who live with complex care needs. The Wiebe family has a special connection to Matthew’s House. The home is named for Matthew Froese whose father, Doug, is a long-time employee of Vedder Transport, the Wiebe family business.

The Abbotsford Ice team interacts with team manager Rod Wiebe and Alan Cavin, resource development coordinator for Matthew's House
The Abbotsford Ice team interacts with team manager Rod Wiebe and Alan Cavin, resource development coordinator for Matthew’s House

When the team visited Matthew’s House, they were surprised by how comfortable and pretty the home is. Rod said they listened attentively as Alan explained what Mathew’s House does and how it serves families in the community. Rod is glad that the girls had a chance to see the home and the impact that it makes.

“Thank you so much for allowing our girls to be able to tour Mathew’s House. It is such an important resource to have in our community,” he says.

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