Hockey Helps the Homeless Raises Over 200k in York Region

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The fight to end youth homelessness received a much needed boost after a hugely successful Hockey Helps the Homeless tournament in York region. HHTH Executive Director Ryan Baillie says this year’s tournament raised $264,449 with a $21,559 fundraising contribution from local home-builders Alair Homes.

Local home builders Help Fight Homelessness

Alair Homes Partner Ryan Johnson feels proud to reach that goal, saying their team worked tirelessly to raise funds. “A huge thank you to our team members especially Christopher Smeeth who was the tournament’s top fundraiser bringing in $13,238.” Team Alair was made up of local builders and small business owners from Newmarket, North York, Barrie, Aurora, Midland and Peterborough.

Hockey Helps the Homeless is a national event that fundraises and supports Canadian homeless shelters by hosting numerous hockey tournaments all over the country. The Barrie tournament is coming up Friday March 6th.

Why it matters: the State of Homelessness

According to the State of Homelessness in Canada 2016 report, it’s estimated that at least 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness in a given year. With homelessness at an all-time high and the weather dropping down to below zero, it’s more important than ever to help spread awareness and support those in need.

Christopher Smeeth of Alair Homes was the tournament’s top fundraiser, bringing in $13,238.”

The money raised from this tournament goes directly to 360 Kids. Director of Strategic Partnerships & Program Development Bonnie Harkness says they will use the money to support youth in housing programs and wrap-around supports to help them work on some of the issues that led to their situation.