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Jailbirds rock for hockey

Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Members of the Rankin Inlet detachment of the RCMP had a busy day escorting people to jail this past week - and they did it with smiles upon their faces.

The officers helped the Rankin Rock bantam hockey team with its fundraising efforts for the 2011-12 season.

The team held a mock jail from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Dec. 7, during which people could pay $20 to have someone take a 30-minute time-out at the curling club.

When served with the mock summons, people could either pay $20 to beat the rap, spend 15 minutes at the arena and then call someone to bail them out, or serve the entire 30 minutes.

Rankin Inlet Minor Hockey Association board member Mikki Adams helped organize the jail bail.

Adams said proceeds from the event will help the bantam team attend two tournaments during the season.

She said the Rock are off to Thompson, Man., from Dec. 16-19 for the first tourney, and will also travel to Iqaluit in 2012 to compete in the annual Toonik Tyme minor hockey tournament.

"This is the first fundraiser of this type I've ever been involved with," said Adams.

"We wanted to try some different fundraising ideas than what we've done during the past couple of years.

"I felt a jail bail might bring in some good money to help with those tournaments, so we decided to give it a try.

"Most people were happy about the idea and anxious to find someone to send to jail for awhile, but a couple of people weren't really too keen about it."

Adams said the Rankin Rock will usually take about 14 players to a tournament like the one in Thompson.

She said with accommodations, air travel, etc., the average cost of such a trip is about $10,000.

"You have to do a lot of fundraising to keep the teams active.

"We have a very good group of parents with the bantam program and, right now, I'd say we have about 10 to 15 who help fundraise.

"They all have kids on the bantam team and everyone does their share to help us reach our goals."

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