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Mayors Cup hits the ice Friday

A rivalry not quite as old as the Leafs and the Canadians the 4th Annual Mayors Cup takes to the ice Friday, 7 p.m. at the Sports Centre. From left: Greg Phelps, captain of the Courtenay team, Paul Helpard, event organizer, Allan Perich, chair Comox Valley KidSport, Paul Ives, Mayor and captain of the Comox team.   - PHOTO SUBMITTED
A rivalry not quite as old as the Leafs and the Canadians the 4th Annual Mayors Cup takes to the ice Friday, 7 p.m. at the Sports Centre. From left: Greg Phelps, captain of the Courtenay team, Paul Helpard, event organizer, Allan Perich, chair Comox Valley KidSport, Paul Ives, Mayor and captain of the Comox team.
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Fundraising for the Comox Valley chapter of KidSport is the focus for the fourth annual Mayor’s Cup hockey game.

This charity's goal is that no child be left on the sidelines due to financial barriers. The puck will drop this Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena No. 1.

Greg Phelps, former Mayor of Courtenay will captain last year’s winning Courtenay team and once again challenge the rival Comox team captained by Mayor Paul Ives. They will be joined by event organizer Dr. Paul Helpard and other local businessmen.

Helpard is a local champion of children’s charities, dedicating much of his personal and profession time to assisting children. It was his vision of helping children that led to the creation of the Mayor's Cup in 2011. The idea has taken off and has become an annual event that raises funds to benefit children’s charities.

Over the past two year, $7,452.00 has been raised to help ensure kids have a chance to participate in local sports. The inaugural event created awareness for cleft palate children and was instrumental in helping BC Children’s Hospital win a $100,000 grant through the Pepsi Challenge.

Spearheaded by Stu Tunheim, Comox Rotary has committed to provide $1000 for the second consecutive year. Joining in on the fundraising effort is Steve Skrobek of Fortis, who has pledged $300.

How high donation totals reach this year is the question that remains to be answered.

The CV chapter of KidSport was founded in 2008 to assist Valley kids under the age of 18 to participate in the sport of their dreams.

Applications are available on line at www.kidsportcomox.ca. Grants are typically $250 per child with priority given to first-time applications. Our local chapter has also been working diligently with sponsors and donors to help provide sporting equipment that is not covered by the grants.

Show your support by attending the Mayor’s Cup this Friday.

— Mayor’s Cup

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