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Hitting for a cause

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Hard-hitting Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr has done more on-ice than rack up NHL stats this season. By doing what he does best – hitting his opponents – Regehr, with the help of partners, has generated an impressive $25,000 for the Calgary-based charity Impact Society through his program called Impact On Ice.
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For every hit Robyn has during a game, he makes a $75 donation to Impact Society, a nonprofit organization that helps teens discover their inner strengths and make good choices, and is proven to help develop healthy behaviors such as self-discipline and empathy, that can lead to improved school performance and family communication, a reduction in crime and property damage, suicides, and drug and alcohol use.
 
Matching donations from Calgary’s Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. and the Calgary Flames through the Flames Foundation for Life makes every hit worth $225. With 116 hits so far this season, the total raised eclipsed the $25,000 mark.
 
The donations will be used to get Impact Society’s experiential learning program –HEROES™ – into more schools in Calgary and in Western Canada. Impact Society has reached almost 40,000 youth over the last 15 years, and with their expanded capacity now have a goal of reaching over 100,000 every year.
 
“I am honoured to be a part of this program and to do what I can to contribute,” says Flames Assistant Captain Robyn Regehr. “This funding will help hundreds of students in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan.”
 
“Although I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of Robyn’s checks, we’re looking forward to more great work from him this season,” said Jack Toth, CEO of Impact Society. “We’re grateful to Robyn, Packers Plus, and the Flames Foundation for helping us change the lives of teenagers and parents, and impact whole schools and communities.” 
 
Robyn and his wife Kristina are Honorary Co-Chairs of Impact Society’s Capital Campaign and, along with Calgary Chief of Police Rick Hansen, Kristina is the Honorary Co-Chair of Impact Society’s annual fundraising dinner, Pitch n’ Hitch, taking place April 23, 2010 at the Calgary Stampede Grounds. At this event Robyn and Kristina will be auctioning off dinner with them and Paul Brandt and his wife. For more information on the dinner go to www.impactsociety.com.
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