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Ravens’ contactless bottle drive puts spin on age-old tradition

By Don Fennell

Published 10:33 PST, Fri February 19, 2021

An age-old tradition is getting a new spin because of COVID-19.

For decades, the bottle drive has been a popular, and successful, initiative to raise much-needed funds for local sports clubs. But because of the pandemic, the Richmond Ravens Female Hockey Association has come up with an innovative way to host their event this weekend at the Richmond Ice Centre—making it contactless.

Being held Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., outside the Gardens rink at the complex at Triangle and No. 6 roads, the goal is to raise $5,000 for the local youth group.

Like everyone, the past year has a been a difficult and challenging one for the Ravens and youth sports organizations as a whole. The Ravens typically host two tournaments each year, the Rep Classic in October and the Ice Classic in March. Both are key revenue producers but had to be cancelled because of COVID-19.

So if you have refundable containers piling up at home, bring them down to the Ice Centre this weekend.

As well, the Ravens are planning to hold a Skate-a-thon. Players on each team are gathering pledges and then, during one of their practice times between Feb. 20 and 27, will see how many laps they can complete.Physical distancing will be adhered to the entire time, while the players help to raise funds for the association and enjoying a fun, new activity.

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