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Skates, Hockey Equipment Pour In to Help Manitoba Youth

January 12, 2011 7:04 AM | Sports

By Brian Schultz

From left to right clockwise, Constable Jeff Ryan (RCMP Little Grand Rapids), Chief Martin Owens (Little Grand Rapids First Nation), Superintendent Scott Kolody (Manitoba East District Officer) and Grand Chief Ron Evans (Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs) pose next to the donated hockey equipment. (RCMP HANDOUT)

RCMP in Little Grand Rapids organized a skate drive in December to help community youth lace up and get active.

The challenge was put out to all RCMP Manitoba East District Detachments and the successful initiative ended up collecting about 300 pairs of skates for kids aged five to 15-years-old. A variety of hockey equipment was also donated to help youth in northern communities access recreational opportunities.

“What turned out to be a small request to collect skates and equipment for Little Grand Rapids has turned into an overwhelming response,” said Superintendent Scott Kolody.

The final number was unveiled during a news conference Tuesday by RCMP and First Nations chiefs.

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