McGill athletes strive for food drive


McGill athletes strive for food drive
Dec 08, 08

MONTREAL – The McGill Varsity Council, a group which represents some 950 intercollegiate athletes at McGill University, has collected more than three large bins of non-perishable goods on a food drive for the Sun Youth Organization in Montreal.

The project began with gathering goods at a number of varsity sporting events in late November but was expanded by sending more than 100 varsity athletes to canvas door-to-door, in the “McGill student ghetto”, an area bordered by Pine Avenue, Park, Sherbrooke and University Street.

“It’s important that we recognize the need to help underprivileged families, especially at this time of the year when the holidays are around the corner,” said Ken Morin, co-captain of the Redmen hockey team and vice-president (community outreach) of the McGill Varsity Council. “We are very proud of the initiative that our athletes have taken and we are already looking to repeat the event next year.”

Those who donated to the cause received an all-events pass to the inaugural “McGill Sun Youth Food Drive Day”, scheduled for Jan. 24, when the McGill hockey and basketball teams will host Ottawa and Bishop’s, respectively, in a pair of men’s and women’s doubleheaders.

Canned and packaged goods will continue to be collected at the Currie Gym, 475 Pine Avenue West, until Dec. 19.

Next semester, the McGill Varsity Council is organizing the collection of new and used sports equipment, which will be donated to charity in order to help underprivileged families encourage their children to be involved in sports.