With the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships being hosted in Ottawa, Ontario, Hockey Canada has chosen to recognize the local foundation Do It for Daron as its charity of choice.
As an Ottawa based foundation, DIFD honors the life of the late Daron Richardson. The foundation has helped to not only provide a message of hope, but is has given inspiration to an entire generation of young women’s hockey players in Ottawa.
Canada’s April 3 contest versus Switzerland will feature a section of the arena dedicated to DIFD. All seats sold in the Power to the Purple section (as purple was Daron’s favorite color) will result in five dollars from each ticket sold going to DIFD. During that day, one dollar from all program sales will also be donated to DIFD.
The Canadian national women’s hockey team had the opportunity to witness the power of DIFD at its 2012 autumn training camp in Calgary, Alberta. Ashley Gilbank, a women’s hockey coach from the Ottawa area rollerbladed across Canada in a cause titled Skate4Life 2012.
With the beneficiary of her efforts being DIFD, Gilbank had the opportunity to share her story with the national women’s team and members of the CWHL’s Team Alberta.
Although the rivalry between Canada and the United States will see its next chapter written at the 2013 WWC, the true champion shall be the beneficiaries of DIFD. In having impacted the lives of so many people, DIFD is a remarkable example of the courage and determination that all of us have inside.