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Chara to climb Kilimanjaro via Right to Play

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Toronto (March 28, 2008) – Star NHL defensemen and Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Robyn Regehr of the Calgary Flames will be traveling to Mozambique in southern Africa this summer to visit with children in Right To Play programs and get a first-hand look at the impact of Right To Play’s work.


The two players will be visiting and playing with children in and around Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo from June 24 – 28. While there, they will learn more about how Right To Play uses sport and play as a tool for basic education and child development, health promotion and disease prevention, conflict resolution and peace education, and community development. Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony affected heavily over the past two decades by war, famine and disease, is one of 23 countries in which Right To Play works across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Following the players’ stay in Mozambique, Chara will continue on to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, where he will make a six-day trek up the 19,300-foot mountain with the goal of raising $100,000 -- roughly $5 for every foot he climbs -- for Right To Play programs. Fans are encouraged to support Zdeno’s efforts by visiting www.righttoplay.com/charakilimanjaro.

“Sport has given me so much in my life, and working with Right To Play is a chance to give something back to children and communities who haven’t had the same opportunities as I have,” said Chara, the Bruins’ captain. “Seeing and playing with children in Right To Play programs in Maputo will be fantastic motivation for the climb. This trip will be a great adventure and learning experience, and I can’t wait to get started.”
 
Chara and Regehr are two of a growing list of Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors from the NHL. Last summer, Andrew Ference of the Bruins and Steve Montador of the Florida Panthers, both former teammates of Regehr’s in Calgary, visited Right To Play project locations in Tanzania. That trip was chronicled in a one-hour documentary shown on TSN in Canada and throughout the 2007-08 NHL season on the NHL Network. Earlier this year, 10 NHL players including Regehr and fellow Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors Alexander Ovechkin, Daniel Alfredsson, Joe Thornton, Henrik Lundqvist  and others all made donations to Right To Play based on minutes played in one game. Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors from more than 40 countries provide inspiration for children, are role models for healthy lifestyle choices and help raise awareness and funding for Right To Play projects.

“I’ve heard terrific things from Andrew and Steve about their experiences with the children in Tanzania last summer,” Regehr said. “I’m really looking forward to bringing even more awareness to Right To Play’s work and also to meeting the local Right To Play coaches who are running the programs. This is an organization supported by so many great international athletes and it’s a privilege to be part of it.”

About Right To Play
Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Right To Play builds local capacity by training community leaders as Coaches to deliver its programs in more than 20 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Right To Play is supported by an international team of top athletes who inspire children, are role models for healthy lifestyle choices and help raise awareness and funding for Right To Play projects. Founded in 2003, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The national offices raise funds, build awareness for Right To Play programs and advocate for sport for development.

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