Back in 2005 I got together with a group of friends to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, by staging an overnight Ringette tournament. We were inspired because of a friend, with whom we all had Ringette in common, who was fighting that battle. We even asked her to be our honourary chair which she then took and ran with, putting the rest of us to shame with her heart and energy. That little whim became larger thing and this year it happened again in Montreal.
I decided I just had to go because it had been over two years since I was on skates and five since I played Ringette. I needed to be there. Of course I don’t do anything halfway and I also had to make sure the whole thing was going to be fun for me and everyone around me. I showed up at the arena in style with my gear, dedication shirt and of course the tutu.
I told everyone before I left that I thought I had more packed for between games than during and I wasn’t kidding. We had a short break between the first and second game, only half an hour, so I did the half change. I pulled out my committee jersey from Ottawa 2007 for that break because it just seemed the right thing to do.
One of my personal special moments was playing against a young lady who was too young to play the last time I attended Montreal. Also, the last place I saw her was over a year ago in the UK. That game ended around about 2:30am so I had an hour before my next game. What with the time it was getting to be I decided it was time for jammies and my jersey for the one and only event that ran in the Toronto area. While I do love my angry monkey jammies I was quite jealous of my friend’s cows.
I finished up at 5:30 Saturday morning with basic black. While I don’t know yet how much money was raised I know that once again I had a fabulous time. It was awesome to get back on the ice and especially for a such a great cause.