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Pink and Red in the Rink returning to Antigonish

Marguerite MacGillivray of the teacher/celebrity team waits for a pass on the edge of Alex MacNeil’s crease during the 2018 Pink and Red in the Rink hockey fundraiser, staged by the Saint Andrew Junior School (SAJS) student leadership group, at the Antigonish Arena. Corey LeBlanc
Marguerite MacGillivray of the teacher/celebrity team waits for a pass on the edge of Alex MacNeil’s crease during the 2018 Pink and Red in the Rink hockey fundraiser, staged by the Saint Andrew Junior School (SAJS) student leadership group, at the Antigonish Arena. Corey LeBlanc - Corey LeBlanc

SAJS student leaders ready to stage fifth fundraiser

The Pink and Red in the Rink hockey fundraiser is celebrating its fifth anniversary.    

An initiative of the student leadership group at Saint Andrew Junior School (SAJS) in Antigonish, proceeds will benefit both Cathy’s Place – the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital cancer  resource room – and local families affected by the disease.    

The game, which features a student team skating against a collection of teachers and local celebrities, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Antigonish Arena.    

Puck drop is set for 10 a.m.    

“Everyone really looks forward to it,” Shelley Rovers, who supervises the leadership group, along with Shari MacGillivray, said of the celebration.    

Six years ago, the then SAJS student leadership group created the fundraiser – one that would benefit a local and global project – in order to receive an invitation to WE Day festivities in Halifax.    

Along with their efforts for Cathy’s Place, the SAJS leadership team carries out service learning projects, such as visits to the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home.    

From that inaugural success, Pink and Red in the Rink has become a mainstay on the calendar – not only for SAJS, but also other Antigonish schools, with students bussing to the Antigonish Arena to cheer on the teams.    

The game also provides an opportunity to remember special people. Each pink jersey worn by the student team has a black arm patch, which is emblazoned with the name of someone being honoured.    

This year, the SAJS student team will face-off, once again, against a formidable foe, with the teacher/celebrity featuring the likes of retired professional player and Antigonish native  Craig ‘Hedges’ MacDonald.    

Members of the St. F.X. X-Men and X-Women teams, including Antigonish products Patti-Anne Tracey and Josie Chisholm, will lace up their blades.    

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles’ captain Declan Smith of Upper South River, Antigonish County, who will join the X-Men program this season, is also scheduled to play.    

The game is open to the public and admission is by donation.

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