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Victoria, BC (ISN) – The “Five Hole for Food” annual coast-to-coast street hockey charity tour is coming to Victoria on July 20th and will be playing street hockey from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at the Saanich Plaza to raise food donations and funds for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.  

Five Hole for Food (FHFF) is tackling hunger for a third consecutive summer in a 13-city, coast-to-coast road trip starting July 3 with a goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food to feed Canadians in need.

Last year’s campaign saw people come together and contribute almost 43,000 pounds of food to community food banks in cities stretching from Newfoundland to B.C.

“Our intention in 2011 was to collect 20,000 pounds of food and we ended up more than doubling our goal,” said FHFF founder Richard Loat, 23. “We’re upping the ante this year. While our target to bring in 100,000 pounds of food sounds ambitious, I’m confident Canadians will step up to help us help others.

“The generosity of the people we met on the road was overwhelming, especially the teenage girl in Toronto who collected donations at her high school on our behalf. It’s people like her and those who volunteer at food banks who are the real heroes.”

Loat and his friends – Victor Lo, Jonathan Buyco and Tierney Milne – begin their 19-day journey in St. John’s, N.L. They will set up drop-in ball-hockey games at each stop and people are invited to bring their hockey stick to play. It’s free to participate, but players are asked to bring a cash donation or a non-perishable good for the food bank.

mustardseedThe event in Victoria, which is being organized with the help of the Topaz Hockey League (see, 
will take place on Friday July 20th from 3:00-7:00 pm at the Saanich Plaza at 3500 Blanshard Street.  The Victoria Royals Mascot Marty the Marmot will be on hand to play and all donations will go toward the Mustard Seed Food Bank in Victoria.

If you would like to join the festivities and play along, then please bring along your hockey stick, a food or a money donation, some decent sneakers and come on down on the 20th!

There will also be an after party, with details to be provided.

For more information on the event, please visit the FHFF web site at, their Facebook Page at or the FHFF Victoria Event page at