Newcastle North Stars Toy Drive for the Children’s Hospital

Photo:: Craig Tonks

Photo:: Craig Tonks

There are times when being connected to a sport makes you feel a sense of pride, however the feeling is intensified when your sport, is an amateur sport and does something special. Craig Tonks reports

It’s pleasing to see the Newcastle North Stars continue the tradition of the annual John Hunter Children’s Hospital Toy Drive, started in 2010 by Import, Chris Belanger.

Each year in the lead up to last few home games the North Stars fans donate toys for the children at the hospital, who’s ages range from 1 to 18.

With the assistance of the Starlight Foundation the North Stars attend the hospital to bring smiles to the faces of some very sick kids, some who are fighting serious illnesses.

A bunch of hockey players walking into the hospital with large buckets of toys got tongues wagging and it was nice to see some hockey fans come out of the woodwork to say hi.

North Stars Players John Kennedy Jr, Dominic Osman, Jeff Martens, Tim Stanger, Pier-Olivier Cotnoir and Joey Theriault were joined by Greg Rickford, Craig Tonks and Peter Davis from the North Stars Media Team in attending the ward and delivering a toy to every child.

Photo:: Craig Tonks

Photo:: Craig Tonks

The smiles on the faces from the kids, many with long stays in hospital ahead of them was a humbling experience and a reminder of how a small amount of effort can bring an enormous amount of happiness to a child.

By Craig Tonks

Craig Tonks

Craig Tonks

Writer - Newcastle Northstars
Craig was introduced to Ice Hockey during a trip to the USA and fell in love with the sport in an instant. Residing in Newcastle Craig started attending North Stars games and soon began writing for HSN. Craig is a qualified Level 1 referee and am yet to go to Specsavers.
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