At a Prince Rupert Rampage home game, every goal counts — literally. Every time the Rampage score on home turf, the Port of Prince Rupert donates $100 to the local Salvation Army branch.
In the last five years, the hockey team has raised $13,000 for the Goals for Giving program.
“During game nights it’s a little extra something that everyone can cheer for beyond just the home team netting one,” Ken Veldman, the director of public affairs for the port, said.
“To hear a goal announcement after the Rampage have scored, which is followed directly by ‘And that’s another $100 toward the Salvation Army’ I think everybody takes some heart in that.”
The port also participated in the annual Winterfest activities, with staff in the Santa Claus Parade and activities at the Port Interpretation Centre in Cow Bay.
“Whether that’s a couple of dollars in the kettle bell or dropping off a gift onto the [Bell Media] tree or taking advantage of that family portrait with Santa, we’re looking forward to seeing folks down there,” Veldman said. “The fact that we can do it in partnership with the Salvation Army and the Rampage, I think is a great reflection of the community and a great reflection of the holiday season.”
He added that it’s all with the help from the people of Prince Rupert.
“This community has a long history of supporting these kind of voluntary community programs, and the Salvation Army is obviously a real key player here locally,” Veldman said.