It started six years ago as a conversation between Milton Orthotics, and Wellness Centre Owner Angelo Posteraro and Rotary Club member Rod McLachlan. The two men wanted to help the community, and get kids active. “It supported physical activity, and supported a charity.”
They gathered a group of volunteers together forming organizing committee. The idea was fun, and simple. Build rinks in a parking lot, and give kids a chance to play ball hockey. They chose the Reach out Centre for Kids (R.O.C.K.) as their charity. The tournament celebrated its six year on June 23rd.
The R.O.C.K. is an organization offering mental health services to youth, and families throughout Halton Region. McLachlan is gratified to see awareness spreading. “Kids go through tough times, whether it be divorce, or the loss of a loved one. All of these things we’re seeing in earnest. The R.O.C.K.; they’re great in offering the solutions.” McLachlan said. Services offered include a walk-in therapy clinic, as well as drop-in groups.
Posteraro refl ected on the annual fundraiser. “It lives and breathes with passion for ballhockey, while supporting kids’ mental health,” he said of Game On. For more information on services offered by the ROCK visit: www.rockonline.ca
Photos by: Denise Cooperwhite