Halton Police Score for Oakville Soccer Club and Wellspring
An “eclectic group” of first responders have rallied to raise money for young athletes and cancer patients using support services in Oakville.
“We work with each other for so many hours in a job and that can be very stressful," said event organizer and Halton Regional Police Staff Sgt. Rob Lloyd.
"Police officers have a very special bond. We’re like family.”
The Halton Police Soccer Tournament took place on April 6 at the Oakville Soccer Club (OSC).
For the second straight year, members from HRPS, Peel Regional Police, and the Burlington Fire Department played footie in support of the community, raising $1,100 for Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House and the OSC.
Wellspring offers free care programs for patients in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Mississauga, and surrounding communities at any stage in their cancer journey.
The fundraiser began in 2016 to sponsor youth who couldn’t afford to play soccer — that's when 32 people took part, raising $300.
This time around, they decided extra money would be donated to Wellspring, and officers played for members of the service who are currently battling cancer.
“We wanted to demonstrate our love and support for them,” said Lloyd.
“It was an opportunity to raise money for an organization that has offered our own and others comfort and support.”
The round-robin tournament consisted of six co-ed teams, each playing five 30-minute games with the winner determined by shootout.
“This will be an annual event,” said Lloyd.
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