Five Hole For Food Tackles Hunger in Victoria

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Story and Photos by Jai Rakic (ISN)

Victoria, BC – Five Hole For Food hosted a drop-in ball-hockey game in Victoria last Friday, raising funds and food donations on their 3rd annual cross Canada tour to fight hunger. This was Five Hole For Food’s 12th stop in their 13-leg journey across Canada that began in St John’s Newfoundland on July 3rd.

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The Five Hole For Food team in front of the car that’s carried them across Canada

Having raised over 43,000 pounds of food in last years drive, the Five Hole for Food (FHFF) team set out to more than double that total this year, aiming to raise over 100,000 pounds of food for local charities. Having raised over 80,000 pounds of donations by the time the FHFF team arrived in Victoria, they were well on their way to meeting and even exceeding their goal.

After seeing the impact the 2010 Winter Olympics had on Canada, Richard Loat (founder of FHFF) spawned the idea of a drop-in hockey match to help raise much needed supplies for local food banks. Now in its third year, FHFF has raised over 70,000 pounds of food donations since its inception and the achievement is on target to more than double after this year’s tour.

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Five Hole For Food founder Richard Loat hits the ball up field during Friday’s charity event

“It really is a whirlwind trip that feels like it’s only 3 days, but really lasts for 3 weeks,” said Loat. “It’s great to come back and see familiar faces every year.”

All food and money raised by the FHFF team is donated to a local food bank in each city. Local non-profit organisation The Mustard Seed was the recipient of the FHFF’s efforts in Victoria and was extremely thankful, as supplies are typically scarce especially during the summer period.

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Left to right. Richard Loat (FHFF founder), Shane Nicholls, James Mallach, Brent Palmer (director of The Mustard Seed), Scott Harrigan (ISN founder)

The FHFF team will receive some well-deserved rest after wrapping up their 19-day coast-to-coast tour of Canada in Vancouver today. Having more than doubled last year’s efforts I asked FHFF founder Richard Loat what they aim to raise next year “I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot but it’s going to be big, bigger than this year.”

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