SUMMERSIDE — Nearly 100 people turned on a chilly Saturday morning to take part in a five-kilometre fun run in support of the Summerside United Under 14 premier girls soccer team.
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Supporters of the Summerside United Under 14 premier girls soccer team take part in a five-kilometre race to raise funds for the team’s trip to the national championships in Alberta next month, The team needs to raise $25,000.
Head coach Sarah McKenna said the event was held to raise money to bring the team to the national championships.
“We’re trying to raise some money so we can take the girls to represent P.E.I. in the nationals, which is in Lethbridge, Alta,” said McKenna. “We’re leaving Oct. 7 to Oct. 15.”
The team got to the national competition earlier this month by winning the provincial championship in its division.
“We worked hard all year, every week through the summer and we also practiced twice a week and we won the provincial championship,” added McKenna.
The P.E.I. team will be going against teams from each province while in Alberta.
“We start off playing Alberta and British Columbia,” said McKenna. “We are pretty excited about that. We’re not really sure what we’re up against, but we’re excited for the experience. It’s a great experience for the girls.”
The trip, for some, will be the first time they’ve travelled off the Island.
“We need to raise about $25,000,” said McKenna. “We need to cover all of their travelling expenses and their food and lodging.”
She said the team is working hard to collect enough donations to make the trip.
“So far, it’s a steady climb,” she added. “We’re getting a lot of support from the community, which is nice and, in return, we’re hoping we can come back with some wins. It will a great and experience and we can promote the Island.”
Some of the upcoming fundraising events for the team are a bake sale on Sept. 26 at the Bank of Nova Scotia. There will be a trivia night at the Miscouche Legion at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27. A barbecue will be held at Sobey’s on Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sept. 29 there will be a pancake breakfast at The Wing beginning at 9 a.m.