Panthers helping to raise money for O’Donnell Foundation
Each year the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) and the Junior Leagues Management Committee (JLMC) pick a charity to raise funds for at their showpiece events such as the Conference Weekend and the National Junior Finals. This year they have named their official charity to be the Jack O’Donnell Foundation. Jack played his first game of hockey when he was 8 years old, and his career grew from strength to strength. After a couple of seasons at Oxford City Stars, he moved to the Swindon Wildcats. Jack decided to become a professional ice hockey player and left school after his GCSEs in the summer of 2010. He was due to start his apprenticeship with the Swindon Wildcats senior team after the summer holidays. Tragically, during those summer holidays, just as Jack was looking forward to his 16th birthday, he suffered a fatal accident. Despite medical efforts Jack passed away on the 27th of July 2010. The Foundation named in his memory aims to give other children the inspiration and financial support that Jack received, so that they too can achieve their potential in the sport they love. It is also their aim to fund life changing or lifesaving medical treatment to young people who are in great need, just as Jack was. You can find out more about the Jack O’Donnell Foundation here: http://www.jodf.org/ As the EIHA Conference Weekend takes place this weekend, the Panthers have decided to help raise money for this amazing cause by auctioning off a one of a kind Panthers Hoockey. The hoockey, which has Robert Lachowicz’s name and number on the back, will be sold to the highest bidder with the auction closing at 6PM on Thursday. All the proceeds will go towards the O’Donnell Foundation so if you would like to bid, email your max bid to firstname.lastname@example.org!