On Wednesday 19 April 2023, a Belfast Giants All Stars team took on Ukrainian National Championship side Dnipro Kherson at The SSE Arena, Belfast. The one-off international, hosted by The Odyssey Trust, was held in support of Ukrainian Hockey Dream – the registered charity of the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine, raising vital funds for the organisation through ticket sales, donations, and fundraising activities.
With approximately 60% of young ice hockey players in Ukraine forced to abandon their homes and relocate, and 40% of all ice arenas in Ukraine either seized or destroyed, Ukrainian Hockey Dream’s main fundraising aims are to support up to 7,500 young players, professionals, coaches, and staff members, across more than 100 clubs and 15 schools throughout Ukraine. The charity’s goals include providing safety and support for players and staff, youth and professional training, and arena restoration and development.
After the game, a cheque for £50,000 – the total sum raised so far – was presented by representatives from The Odyssey Trust to Georgii Zubko, President of the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine and Director of the Ukrainian Hockey Dream. A further donation from additional fundraising activities is to be announced in due course. Donated by The Odyssey Trust management, a Boston Bruins jersey – signed by the squad that played against a Belfast Giants select team at The SSE Arena, Belfast in October 2010, was raffled off by the Belfast Giants Official Supporters Club (OSC), and generated a further £3,681 for Ukrainian Hockey Dream.
The auction will end at 8:00pm on Friday, 5th May
The winning bidder will be contacted (from a private number) within 48 hours of the auction ending and must be able to transfer the funds to the Belfast Giants OSC bank within 24 hours after contact. If payment is not made we will then contact the next highest bidder.
We wish you the best of luck and thank you for your continued support.
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