03 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: With the adrenaline-filled Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup in full swing, a heart-warming story has been pushed to the sidelines. Field Hockey Canada has made a generous donation to an orphanage in Baliguda so that the children there can continue their hockey program. With the donation, children from the orphanage will also be brought to witness the sporting extravaganza in state-of-the-art Kalinga Stadium.
Reportedly, on Wednesday (November 28) during the match between Canada and Belgium, Canadian skipper Scott Tupper did not offer a pennant to the Belgium skipper Thomas Briels during the toss. He instead handed over a letter to Thomas Briels that read that the Canadian team has made a donation to an orphanage in Baliguda, Odisha.
"On behalf of our World Cup game, Field Hockey Canada has made a donation to the Baliguda/Odisha orphanage so that the children can continue their field hockey program. With our donation, they will also attend games at the World Cup tournament," the letter reads.
The letter also mentions that the hockey program in the orphanage is supported by Catalyst for Social Action (CSA). CSA runs the Banabasi Seva Samiti child-care institution in Baliguda that has as many as 250 children staying in it. In May 2016, CSA and Andrea Thumshirn, a former hockey player from Germany and the founder of Hockey Village India, took an initiative to teach hockey to the children of Banabasi Seva Samiti in a 15 Days Summer Camp in a pilot basis. After getting a positive response, the program was made permanent and continuous. The idea to donate to this orphanage took shape when Andrea Thumshirn came in touch with the Canadian federation, stated reports.
The kind-hearted gesture has given children new wings and is sure to take them to great heights.