Local people who took advantage of a special Southgate township offer for private ice rentals have raised about $850 for the Dundalk Food Bank.
Facilities Manager Kevin Green explains that public skating protocols were becoming difficult to administer. So the idea of private rentals at a modest price seemed a good solution over the holidays.
The next ingredient was the idea to put the money toward the local food bank.
While the minimum donation was $10 for an hour, there were some groups that would drop in $50, he said. Others contributed food items.
There were 20 rentals in all, most of which took place in the second week of the initiative, as the word spread. The program ran from Dec. 20 to 31, with time slots available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Local food bank representatives expressed their appreciation for the creative thinking.
Going forward, the arena now will be closed under provincial direction until Jan. 26, 2022, affecting the Winter Ice Programs including the Learn to Play Hockey Session #2 and the Learn to Skate Session #2 Saturdays.
M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald