Bible Hill Kinsmen Power Play Program Presentations

The Bible Hill Kinsmen were on hand at the Truro Bearcats game against the Amherst Ramblers on March 9th to present the results of the 2018-19 Bible Hill Kinsmen Power Play Program.

This year, the Kinsmen are donating $4,300 to seven charities: CEC Scholarship Fund, Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada – N.S. Chapter, Colchester Food Bank, Colchester East Hants Hospice Society, Truro Boys and Girls Club, Multiple Sclerosis Society (Atlantic Division), and Cystic Fibrosis Canada – Scotia Chapter.

In the 17 years of the program, the Bible Hill Kinsmen, in partnership with the Truro Bearcats, has donated $79,800.

Bible Hill Kinsmen honoured by Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Brittany Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Atlantic Region with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and Bible Hill Kinsmen President John Spears.

At our most recent meeting, Brittany Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Atlantic Region with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, spoke with our club. Kin Canada is a proud national partner of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.  Smith presented Club President John Spears with a Certificate of Appreciation for our “outstanding dedication and commitment in the fight to end cystic fibrosis.”

Each year Kinsmen and Kinettes host a variety of fundraising and awareness-building activities in support of the battle against cystic fibrosis. Since 1964, Kin members have raised more than $45 million for cystic fibrosis research and patient care. The Kinsmen Club in Bible Hill supports this cause in a number of ways, including through the Powerplay Program with the Truro Bearcats. 

Another way our club supports Cystic Fibrosis Canada is through the Ultimate NHL Road. This is an annual fundraiser, and the grand prize will send you and a guest to three NHL games in three nights: Pittsburgh at Montreal on March 15th, Dallas at Ottawa on March 16th, and Montreal at Toronto on March 17th. Tickets are just $10, are only sold in Atlantic Canada, and just 9,000 have been printed! Contact us on Facebook or by email at info@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

2018 Teddy Bear Toss

The Bible Hill Kinsmen were on hand tonight for the 6th Annual Teddy Bear Toss, in partnership with the Truro Jr. A Bearcats. Truro scored early in the game against the Miramichi Timberwolves, and 319 stuffed animals were tossed on the ice! That’s a record and means nearly 1,500 have been collected at the event over the last six years. Once again, the stuffed animals will be distributed through the local Christmas Index Program. Thank you for taking part, and watch all of the fun below!

Kinsmen Report: February 2018

Hello from the Bible Hill Kinsmen!

The 5th Annual Great Trivia Challenge is just days away and we can’t be more excited. More than 40 tables of eight people each will be at the Best Western Glengarry to test their knowledge of random facts and information. Proceeds of this event will go towards the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre’s Girl Power summer camps, which offer empowerment activities, science experiments, recreation and physical activities, arts and crafts, and support for young women in our area.

Once again, the community has come out in a big way to support the event and for that we say thank you. From teams entered, to prizes donated for the silent auction, to a number of other ways to pitch in, you continue to make this a showcase event. We hope everyone involved has a great time this Saturday.

In conjunction with the Heritage Day holiday, our club was able to secure the Rath Eastlink Community Centre for an hour in honour of the National Day of KINdness. It sounded like one and all had a great time on February 19th, whether that was one the ice in the rink, in the pool, or making use of the climbing wall.

Capping off a busy month was a night of fun and fellowship at the Best Western Glengarry with the celebration of Founder’s Night. The evening marked the creation of our club and the 98 years since the founding of Kin Canada. One of our long-standing members, Glen MacKenzie, was presented with a Lifetime Membership award, which is the highest honour we can bestow. Caught off guard, and with his family sneaking in from around the province, the smile on his face spoke one thousand words. Glen’s commitment to the club and the community are something we gladly acknowledge, as we have with all past Lifetime Membership recipients, and look forward to his continued involvement as a member of the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill.

The Bible Hill Kinsmen’s partnership with the Truro Junior A Bearcats has continued once again this year with the Power Play Program. Now in its 16th year, the club donates $100 for each Bearcats home game and up that to $200 if the team scores a powerplay goal that night. A charity is chosen for each home game and they rotate throughout the season. The presentation of funds will be held in the pre-game ceremony on March 9th as Truro host Yarmouth.

We’d love to see you at one of our meetings. The Bible Hill Kinsmen hold meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. If you’re interested in joining us for a meeting, or would like more information, email president@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

James Faulkner is Communications Director for the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

5th Annual Teddy Bear Toss

Thank you to everyone who showed up and took part in the Teddy Bear Toss last night at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre! The Truro Bearcats didn’t get the win, but your donations totaled 259 teddy bears in support of the Colchester Christmas Index Program. Over the five years of this event, a partnership between our club and the Bearcats, more than 1,200 teddy bears have been donated!

Kinsmen Report: November 2017

Hello everyone from the Bible Hill Kinsmen! We’ve been very busy this fall, with preparations well underway for a number of projects and events.

Our members were once again on site at Civic Square on Truro for the Festival of Lights. Despite the weather not completely cooperating, it was a great night! Hot chocolate proved popular once again, as the never-ending line seemed to show. It was great to see so many people on hand that night, and especially the next evening as Santa took the usual route through the downtown.

The Bible Hill Kinsmen are partnered once again with the Truro Bearcats for the annual Teddy Bear Toss. With the World Junior A Challenge coming very soon, the Bearcats had their last home game of the calendar year on November 29th. A total of 259 teddy bears were collected by our members, and they (the teddy bears, not the Kinsmen) will be distributed through the Christmas Index Program.

You may also have noticed some signage around town for a New Year’s Dance this year at Bible Hill Junior High School. Last year’s smashing success has us excited to see what this year has in store. Big Dog 100.9’s Tyler Granter, also a member of our club, will serve as the DJ. Tickets are $20 per person and you must be at least 19 years of age to attend. The event will runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and please contact any of our members with any questions. You can also email newyearsdance@biblehillkinsmen.ca with any questions.

It’s hard to believe that we’re coming up on the 5th Annual Great Trivia Challenge. There are some big plans in store, which we’ll soon reveal.

We hold meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. We’d love to see you there. If you’re interested in joining us for a meeting, or would like more information, email president@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

James Faulkner is Communication Director for the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

2017 Teddy Bear Toss

It’s that time of year! The Bible Hill Kinsmen have again partnered with the Truro Jr. A Bearcats for the annual Teddy Bear Toss, in support of the local Christmas Index Program. The event takes place Wednesday, November 29th at the Bearcats game against Yarmouth, which is also Truro’s last home game until the new year.

The Teddy Bear Toss is always a lot of fun. Please place the teddy bears in a plastic bag and get ready to throw them on the ice after the first Bearcats goal! Kinsmen members will be on hand to collect them, count them, and deliver them to Christmas Index. 

Kinsmen Report: February 2017

Greetings from the Bible Hill Kinsmen!

We’re just days away from the 4th Annual Great Trivia Challenge. Last minute preparations are underway and we can’t wait to see everyone as the massive room at the Best Western Glengarry fills up Saturday night. It was humbling to see how quickly you, the community, responded to this event and how many names were be added to a wait list. Thank you for your part in making this a fun evening. We will, as usual, have a balloon pop and silent auction to along with food, music, and a cash bar. Proceeds of this event will once again go towards the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation’s “We Care About Cancer” Fund and other community projects.

Our members were at a Truro Junior A Bearcats game earlier this month to distribute a total of $5,000 between several groups and organizations through the Power Play Program. The Kinsmen donate $100 at every home game, or $200 if the Bearcats score a powerplay goal that night. A charity is chosen for each home game and they rotate throughout the season. The charities this season were the CEC Scholarship Fund, the Children’s Wish Foundation, the Colchester Food Bank, the Colchester-East Hants Hospice Society, the Truro Boys and Girls Club, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our club has now donated $70,800 through the 15 years of the program. We’d also like to say thank you to a number of Bearcats players who helped with the presentations.

The National Day of KINdness was last weekend, and we invited you to join us at the outdoor ice surface at Truro’s Civic Square. We worked with the Great British Grub at the Farmer’s Market to cover the cost of the first 100 hot chocolate and hot dogs served by Great British Grub at the Market.

Capping off a busy and exciting month was a night of fun and fellowship as a number of our members and their partners celebrated the beginning of the Kin Association 97 years ago and the start of Kin in Truro and Bible Hill.

We’d love to see you at one of our meetings. The Bible Hill Kinsmen hold meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. If you’re interested in joining us for a meeting, or would like more information, email president@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

James Faulkner is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

2016-17 Power Play Program Donations

Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Executive Director Craig Johnson accepts his Power Play Program cheque from Truro Bearcats forward Zack Moody. (Submitted photo)

The Bible Hill Kinsmen marked the 15th year of the Power Play Program last night before the Truro Bearcats game against the Amherst Ramblers. Cheques were presented to seven groups and organizations, totaling $5,000 for the 2016-17 Maritime Hockey League season.

The Kinsmen donate $100 at every home game, or $200 if the Bearcats score a powerplay goal that night. A charity is chosen for each home game and they rotate throughout the season.

The charities this season were the CEC Scholarship Fund, the Children’s Wish Foundation, the Colchester Food Bank, the Colchester-East Hants Hospice Society, the Truro Boys and Girls Club, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In the 15 seasons of this partnership with the Truro Bearcats, the Bible Hill Kinsmen have now donated $70,800! It’s just one more way the Kinsmen continue to live up to the motto “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need”.

Truro Bearcats Teddy Bear Toss

The Bible Hill Kinsmen were proud to team up with the Truro Jr. A Bearcats for the 4th Annual Teddy Bear Toss. The stuffed animals were thrown onto the ice after Truro scored their first goal of the game on Saturday. This year your generosity led to 257 teddy bears being collected!

Members of the Colchester Cyclones female minor hockey teams were on the ice retrieving the teddy bears, as they were tossed from the stands, which were given to our club members and bagged. We’ll be giving the stuffed animals to the Christmas Index Program for distribution this holiday season.

Thank you to everyone who supported this fun evening. In four years, nearly 1,000 teddy bears have been collected!