9TH ANNUAL HOK FESTIVAL!
(HELPING OUR KIDS!)
MAY 26-27 2017
HOK began in 2009 as Helping Other Kids, with the parents committee of
École Régionale St. Jean Baptiste. It began as a BBQ, kids concert and games. People would bring gently used items that were loaded onto a trailer along with peas and beans in conjunction with Roy Legumex. This trailer was sent somewhere overseas to help those kids.
In 2010 they added a 3 on 3 street hockey tournament and sent the trailer to Equador. They were also able to raise funds to buy 2 sledges for the arena in town so a local girl could “skate” with her friends, as she had lost her legs to meningitis.
In 2011, they decided to change the name from Helping Other Kids to Helping Our Kids as they saw a need to not only help others but to help those right here in our community. With this name change they also made this a festival as a kids community fundraiser. The festival was still run by the parents committee of only 5 members. They saw a need and a want in our community to repair our tennis courts and build a skatepark.
2011 & 2012 funds were given towards the Tennis Court & Skatepark project. With only 5 members on the parents committee and the rate of the growth of the festival it has now made its own committee, the HOK Festival committee.
In 2013, the HOK festival committee has grown along with the festival. It is now a 2 day event with much more than just a BBQ, kids concert and games. The money raised this year will once again be given to the Tennis court & Skatepark project.