If you think you’ve been smelling the comforting warmth of vanilla and cocoa, cinnamon and ginger across Lanark County lately, chances are you have.
Thirty six hundred – yes, that’s right, three thousand and six hundred – cookies have been pulled hot and fresh from local ovens, ready to welcome one thousand doctors to the area for the Docs on Ice hockey tournament. When each team comes off the ice, they will be greeted with a plate of handmade cookies to help them recharge for the next game, and to thank them for pouring their efforts into local charities.
Docs on Ice is an annual charitable fundraiser, held in a different locale each year. This year, they’re coming to Lanark County. Among the local charities receiving funds from this event is PEP, the Perth Enrichment Program, a program of individualized care, direction, and therapy, which was developed to help seniors in Perth and Smiths Falls stay healthy and stay at home longer. The Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program (LCTRP) is also one of this year’s charities. LCTRP provides specialized horseback riding lessons to children and adults with physical and or developmental disabilities, offering a unique form of therapy, rehabilitation, recreation and the opportunity to experience the freedom of movement.
Project Trauma Support, Perth FireDawgs, and The Table are also included in this year’s list of Docs on Ice supported charities.
Games will be held in rinks and arenas in Lanark, Westport, Beckwith, Perth, Smiths Falls, and Carleton Place. The tournament, food and drinks, and entertainment are set to be epic.