Eighteen bags of gear. One bundle of 47 sticks. Eight lovely kids from the Girl's Under 20 team and 10 from the Boy's team. Two volunteer coaches from Banff and one from Holland. Four trays of 60 eggs and as many packets of biscuits. Throw in several teachers, village elders and about 30 other bus passengers (and all their gear, squished among all those hockey bags) and we were off to Domkhar with our donated hockey equipment to attend the final week of Winter Camp 2014.
We arrived 5 1/2 hours later (that's what it takes to cover 116 kilometres here in the Western Himalayas) to a reception by the Village Education Committee and Women's Cooperative. Tea warmed us up and we were ready to sort gear.
When the children finished their Winter Tuition classes at 4:30 in the afternoon, they raced to the Archery "Stadium" and laid eyes on the gear.
Who was more excited? The kids to have those much-needed sticks, pads, helmets and jerseys? Or us; knowing how much these donations are appreciated and anticipating a week of coaching fun.
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Jullay and thanks to the HELP Fund, the Hockey Foundation, CHAI, ILSC, the High Commission, Jim and Mary, Tony, Adam, Faith and Anthony, Mr. Nickel, Jason, Dr. Shankar, Geylong Phandey, Ajung Sonam Rinchen, Nicole and Rob, Eileen, Lexi and Janice, Tom, Michael and Jim, Rigzin Spalbar and Ka Rigzin Jora.
And to the many, many anonymous donors who recycled their hockey gear to make a real difference in remote village kids' lives.