The Western Academy of Beijing community took to the ice Saturday in Fella's Skate Against Cancer, a hockey game and friendly skate to raise money in the fight against childhood leukemia.
The event marked the first-ever hockey game for WAB and its rival, ISB, who formed teams of staff, alumni, and parents to face-off for charity. After the game, families and friends of the two international schools took the ice together for a fun community skate-around.
"It means so much for our two school communities to team up for a great cause like this," said WAB's Video Coordinator Greg MacIsaac, affectionately known in the WAB community as "Mr. Mac" or "Fella", who is in the midst of his own battle versus cancer. "The hockey and international school communities of Beijing merged to make a real difference in the lives of children battling leukemia and put a smile on their faces."
Fans were treated to a dramatic game between the two teams. ISB saw an 8-4 lead disappear in the final period, as the Tigers clawed back to tie it with one minute remaining in the game and send the contest to overtime. ISB scored the "golden goal" midway through the extra time to solidify the win.
Nearly 100 family members and friends of the schools joined the teams on the ice after the game for a skate, while a group of WAB students showcased their skills to the crowd. It was great to see so many people enjoying the ice together, and created a lot of buzz around the possibility of more international school ice sports in the future.
Thank you to all of the members of the WAB and ISB communities who came out to show their support and contribute to the fight against childhood cancer!