Bottoms up for Project PJs

By Geoff Lee

November 22, 2017 2:02 PM

The PWM AAA Midget Steelers and their opponents have been collecting and donating new pyjamas at their home games in November for Project PJ by Holy Rosary High School student Olivia Brockhoff. Brockhoff hopes to deliver more than 1,000 Pjs to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton when her 2017 campaign ends on Dec. 1. More Pjs will be presented to Brockhoff herself at this Sunday’s home game against the Rocky Mountain Raiders at the Servus Sports Centre at 10:15 a.m. SUPPLIED PHOTO

It’s pucks and bar tabs for Pjs.
The PWM Midget AAA Steelers and small businesses celebrating Christmas are helping Lloydminster teen Olivia Brockhoff collect more than 1,000 pairs of new pyjamas for kids of all ages who are at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.
“It’s incredible that all these people have come together for my project and for these kids,” said the 14-year-old Grade 9 student at Holy Rosary High School, who started her Project PJ three years ago.
Her 2017 campaign wraps up on Dec. 1 with Pjs being collected at all Steelers’ home games in November, including the final two home games of the month this Saturday and Sunday against the Rocky Mountain Raiders at the Servus Sports Centre.
“Olivia will be at our game on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. to accept our donations,” said Tanya Plamondon, whose daughter Jenna plays for the Steelers.
“We are just trying to support Olivia’s cause as well.”
Plamondon said during the first weekend of the drive the team collected 89 pyjamas, with a total of 215 pairs collected from fans, family and opponents by Nov. 20.
“One of our alumni, Tessa Mitchell plays for the Grant McEwen Griffins and their team has also decided to support it,” said Plamondon.
They offered free admission to last weekend’s home game to any fan that brought in a pair of pyjamas.
In Lloydminster, pyjamas can also be dropped off at Meridian Surveys, Alta Sask Wellness, and Wayside Dental Centre.
Brockhoff will likely announce the total count of Pjs during the Small Business Christmas Party at Rolling Green Fairways on the last day of her campaign.
Attendees who bring Pjs will have a ticket entered into one of five draws for $100 bar tabs, with Brockhoff making the picks.
The bar tabs were donated by Truck Zone’s Rick Harper, a friend of the Brockhoff family, who invited the teen to speak about the campaign after dinner.
“It’s good to get her as much support as we can,” said Heather Walker, club manager.
“She’s had a lot of exposure this year, so I am curious about what she end ups with.”
With 280 guests coming to the party, Brockhoff’s Pj total could be well over the top.
“It’s great that the community can come together,” said the teen, noting others are helping her achieve her goal as well.
“St. Mary’s Elementary School is helping me and Holy Rosary High School is going to start helping me,” she said.

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