The sound of blades hitting the ice is a sound almost every Canadian kids hears at least once in their lifetime. 

Strapping on skates for a game of shinny, or skating around the rink laughing with friends is some of the many uses of a community arena.

The Hanna Elks Club has been making sure Hanna kids and families are able to enjoy public skating free of charge. This year, they donated $3,200 to the Hanna Arena ensuring free ice time for all.

"We have been doing this for over 25 years. It is part of our 'Give Back to our Community Program' that our Elks have been doing for years," explained Hanna Elks Secretary, Vern Thuroo. "We raise our funds by selling Grey Cup tickets and all the proceeds from there go back to our community."

Thuroo went on to say that the decision was easy, given the economic tough times.

"If we hadn't done it, everybody would have to pay a fee to use the skating rink. If families can keep the money in their pocket, it is a lot better there then having to spend a big pile of money on user fees," continued Thuroo.

This year, the Hanna Elks donated over $22,000 to community initiatives including Hanna 4H, the J.C Charyk Football team, and two scholarships to J.C Charyk.

"What our project is, is helping kids in the community progress through sports and through medical help because times are tough. The Elks have been supporting youth in the community for over 100 years and this is one way we give back to the community because they help us," concluded Thuroo.

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