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Construction companies raise $50,000 playing hockey for Nanaimo charities

Mid Island Dirt Cup charity hockey game held March 24 in Parksville
Knappett Industries and IWC Excavation raised $50,000 for Nanaimo charities at the first annual Mid Island Dirt Cup charity hockey game on March 24. (Courtesy IWC Excavation)

Two Nanaimo-based construction companies raised $50,000 for local charities at the first annual Mid Island Dirt Cup charity hockey game.

On March 24, teams representing IWC Excavation and Knappet Industries played “endless back and forth action” over three periods at Oceanside Place in Parksville. Knappett got the better of IWC with the final score of 8-6, however, both sides felt the real winners of the night were the charities.

The teams donated $30,000 to KidSport Nanaimo and $20,000 to the Nanaimo Child Development Centre

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“[We are] overwhelmed with the support from the community; it was definitely unexpected,” said Geoff Schulson, the general manager of IWC. “We thank everyone who supported the cause even if it was short notice; it gave us faith as a group to put on a good performance and a good event, and contribute that back to the community.”

The event saw about 500 community members and hockey fans who came to support the teams and the charities.

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Bailey Seymour

About the Author: Bailey Seymour

After graduating from SAIT and stint with the Calgary Herald, I ended up at the Nanaimo News Bulletin/Ladysmith Chronicle in March 2023
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