On Friday, March 23, 2018, everyone is invited to the Cold Lake Energy Centre to skate with the City of Cold Lake Community Peace Officers.
The CPO Skate Fundraiser began in 2014 as a way to get ice skates and helmets into the hands of students and teachers who didn’t have them.
Robert Mercer, Community Peace Officer for the City of Cold Lake, has seen the number of participants and donations grow over the years. “In 2014, we had a small event. Twenty people came out. Last year, the number was well over a hundred. We received $300.00 in cash, and three big boxes of helmets and skates.”
This year, all the donations (which can include ice skates for children and adults, ice skating helmets, cash, and Canadian Tire Money) will be given to Holy Cross Elementary School and North Star Elementary School; both in Cold Lake.
Mercer, who has skated and played hockey all his life, was inspired to begin fundraising in 2014 when staff at Cold Lake Elementary School told him there were students and teachers who were not skating with their class because they didn’t have helmets or skates.
In previous years, the donations from the fundraiser have went to St. Dominic Elementary School, and Cold Lake Elementary School. CPOs, RCMP officers, and staff from Fish and Wildlife will be at the event, skating in their uniforms.
They encourage people to come over and say hello. At the end of the skate, there will be draws for prizes such as Felix the Fox beanbag toys (the CPO mascot), Peace Officer Pete books, and other Municipal Enforcement themed items.
Mercer adds, “We want people to come out and enjoy themselves on Friday, and all donations will be appreciated.” The event runs at the Cold Lake Energy Centre from 2:45 PM to 5:15 PM.