Hello, I am Aaron Guli, President of the Irish Ice Hockey Association.
The only ice rink available is in Belfast, Northern Ireland and in the use of that facility there is only one ice slot available per week. This is on a Saturday night from 10:15 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. This ice slot is not conducive for our youth players/teams to use and with the amount of adult teams there are they can only avail of playing one game per month.
We receive little help or support as we strive to open a full sized ice rink.
So for the month of March we are looking to raise funds and awareness of this issue.
We are asking all of our players, supporters, and friends to take part!
We want you all to walk, rollerblade, cycle, or run the distance it would take you from your house to the Dundonald Ice Bowl. You will have the month of March to complete this journey. Along the way we want you to document your journey. Send us your pictures or videos to #MarchToTheRink or tag the Irish Ice Hockey Association.
You can do this individually or as a team. Explain what it means to travel this far to play for just one hour. Tell us about your club! Wear your favourite hockey team colours or show us your club jerseys! We want to see it all!
For those who want to support our plight by taking part but are outside Ireland we have a special section for you!!! Our friend Nigel Smeaton, who's main focus was an ice rink in Ireland, passed in 2020. We want you to walk the journey for Nigel. He lived 173 km from the rink. It would be a tremendous honour for us if you can complete this journey for Nigel!
Do not feel obliged but we ask that you contribute to our worthy cause, let Ireland know that we are the only sport that has to travel to another country just to skate.
All monies raised will be used towards our goal of obtaining a rink. That could encompass a variety of options ranging from a feasibility study, rink products, professional fees, and direct purchase costs of a rink.
So let's get moving and we look forward to seeing you all on the road to Belfast.
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