LANTZ: Carmie Giansante-Mercer never imagined when she set out to hold a fundraising community skate to purchase a hockey sled, she’d have the amount of success she has.

Now, because of the outpouring of community support from donations given at the April 9 free skate put on by Carmie’s pre-school & Daycare at the East Hants Sportsplex—and in the days following a skate—they’re so close to being able to purchase two.

The cost to purchase one hockey sled—designed to allow special needs children and adults to enjoy the ice at the Sportspelx—is $1,140. After the community skate, which attracted an estimated 100 people on a Sunday morning, more than $1,900 has been raised.

“It was really nice to see all the children working together for something so important,” said Carmie. “This is to support the families of East Hants who need a hockey sledge.

“Right now, for their children to participate they have to go to Truro to get it, so we thought we would pull together as a community and purchase one and then donate it to the rink so the parents don’t have to have such a hard time getting it.”

The turnout at the hour-long skate surprised even Sharra Lawrence.

“It was amazing,” she told The Weekly Press. “So many children being so kind. We talked about it at the daycare and they were all excited about trying to raise money for other children and the equipment.”

Carmie said having the hockey sled on hand at the Sportsplex will make skating possible for those who can’t right now.

“It’s going to make it possible for them to go skating at anytime, they don’t have to plan for it,” she said. “They can just come up to the Sportsplex instead of having to plan to go to Truro.”

She said the community skate was a good start towards the goal of purchasing one hockey sled. In the days since, and as donations continue to come in, it’s clear the community has stepped up. They are just about $300 short (as of press time April 12) of being able to afford the purchase of two hockey sleds.

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Patrick Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!