Ference in Tanzania
If you haven't yet read it, Boston Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference's diary from his trip in Africa is an excellent look at some of the aid work he and Steve Montador are involved in this off-season:
When I am sitting here in London 10 days from now, will I have made some kind of difference? Can hockey players from Canada make a Tanzanian child's life better? Can helping that same child make our lives more complete? Will the store that is across the hall from me right now, shelves lined with $8000 purses, induce a sickness in me over what we consider important in the West? Will my own selfish indulgences make me ashamed?Ference and Montador are in Tanzania as part of work they are doing with Right To Play, a group that involves hundreds of professional athletes (many of them Canadians) who dedicate their time and efforts to improving lives in developing countries.
One thing I am sure I can guarantee, we will not fix Africa's problems, but those of us on this mission can be another small stepping stone along the route to helping the next generation of Africans to overcome some monumental problems. And perhaps, with a little bit of help, they can give their future generations the much deserved gift of a true childhood, full of laughter and innocence.
A photo gallery from Ference and Montador's trip to this point is available on Right to Play's website.
UPDATE I'd been meaning to put this up for a few days now, but I see Kukla beat me to it this afternoon. The NHL's public relations department has done a nice job of promoting this tour in Africa.