In 2019, a group of local doctors will welcome nearly 1,000 physicians to the ice pads across Lanark County – and they need your help.
Docs on Ice is an annual fundraising hockey tournament for physicians that first started in Peterborough in 1983 with just eight teams. Today, the event has since grown to include more than 800 physicians and 100 medical students, with 56 teams in 11 divisions from across Ontario.
Each year, the money raised from the tournament goes to a local charity. This year’s proceeds will go to the PEP Seniors’ Therapeutic Centre, Lanark County Therapeutic Riding, The Table, and other local community groups.
From March 28-30, 2019, the 36th annual Docs on Ice Tournament will be hosted in Lanark County. Using the ice pads in Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Beckwith, Lanark and Westport, the tournament will welcome physicians to this part of the province.
It’s always a highlight when the tournament is hosted in a rural setting.
“We are so excited to welcome these doctors to Lanark County and demonstrate how our rural landscape can offer so much for a tournament experience,” says 2019 Docs on Ice Chair Dr. Bob Van Noppen. “Whether it’s within the community centres, from our food and beverage vendors, at our Friday night Gala location or by our volunteers, we’re really highlighting just how welcoming a community can be.”
While the hockey players can expect to receive solid small-town hospitality and an unforgettable experience, there is one element to the tournament requiring community attention – accommodation.
Accommodation Needed for Doctors
While local hotels, motels, camps, and Bed and Breakfasts already aware of the tournament’s scale, Docs on Ice tournament organizers are reaching out to local homeowners who wish to rent out their properties to team players.
Docs on Ice organizers are looking for house or cottage owners to rent out their spaces on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29, 2019.
“Whether it’s to accommodate half a team or a full team, we’d love to hear from homeowners who will either be away for the winter or don’t mind renting out their space to a team while they may be away visiting friends or family,” says Van Noppen.
Each team covers their accommodation costs, so the renters would be connected directly to the team captain for setting up the rental and payment.
If you’re interested in learning more about renting out your home or cottage, please contact Docs on Ice via email at DocsOnIce2019@gmail.com. They will confirm the rental details with you (such as room numbers, rates and amenities). They will send your listing privately to the physicians and then they will contact you directly.
To learn more about Docs on Ice, visit www.docsonice.ca.