HQ500: Pucks for Bucks

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Kilimanjaro Quest 95.2 (Quest #7)

  • Sunday March 3rd to March 6th 2013

  • Run the marathon then 3 days later climb the mountain.

  • Location: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

  • Click here to sign up: KQ95.2

Once in a while an event comes along that brings people together from diverse backgrounds, cultures and ages for a common goal. Hockey Quest 500 (HQ500) was such an event.

Last weekend HQ500 was part of the 5th Annual Kimmett Cup pond hockey tournament. The planning had started immediately after the 4th Annual tournament. Reid Kimmett had talked to me about combing the two events and I was totally on board. We agreed that the fundraising from the entire weekend would go to Right To Play and we should set a target of $100,000. HQ500 would be an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most players in an exhibition game of hockey. If the attempt was successful it would be the first time the record had ever been set.

The puck was dropped at 8.00am on Saturday morning at Totem 2 in the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Each player had to play at least 10 minutes and control the puck at least once. During the day line after line went on the ice and here is a profile on some of the players:

  • Lau Mafuru: Lau is from Tanzania and never skated before. He started to learn 2 months ago and 3 weeks ago he took a major spill. He split his lip and had to get 5 stitches. On Saturday, he became a Guinness World Record holder.
  • Charlie Masciangelo: Charlie is 12 years old and loves the Guinness World Record book. On Saturday he played his 10 minutes and scored 3 goals. Even better than that he raised $701 for Right To Play and, with matching funds, this will help 56 kids.
  • Glenda and her son Derek Zamzow: Glenda and Derek took to the ice for the first time on Saturday and completed their 10 minute shift. This is the first of 10 events the Zamzow family have committed to in 2013. Their objective is to raise $25,000 for Right To Play and, with matching funds, help 2,000 children.

In total there were 375 players involved in HQ500. Ages ranged from 5 to 65. Mums, dads, brothers, sisters, uncle and aunties were all involved. There were even two players wearing tutu's.

We now have to wait. All the documentation is being compiled for Guinness and will be sent in by Monday. Then we have to wait another week before we know if the record is official. However, what ever the outcome, the children of the world win.

Quote of the Day

"Don't wait for your ship to come in......swim out and meet the bloody thing"

Barry Sheene, world motorcycle racing champion

Derek Zamzow goes for goal during Hockey Quest 500.

Pucks for Bucks

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