Friday, July 20, 2007

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?

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.
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.

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.


At 2:53 p.m., July 20, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Andrew seems more like a musician than a hockey player... One day as a bit of a joke I started checking all the NHL players who had "celeberity playlists" on iTunes. Every single one of them was terrible, except for Andrew Ference's list. He apparently was a skater kid in high school despite being a top notch hockey player.

We all appreciate the community driven support that NHL players often provide... it is interesting to see a guy such as Ference get more politically motivated, though. Most pro athletes in any sport tend to stay away from issues that might be considered "risky".

At 4:24 p.m., July 20, 2007, Blogger young d said...

We need to see more of that.
It was a charity/humanitarian deed that goes far above an afternoon appearance at a hospital.
These guys went to effort and expense and Ference's comments were head and shoulders more revealing and candid than what we usually hear from athletes.


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