DELTA, B.C. — As Canadians prepared to celebrate the close of the Olympics, speed skater and double medalist Kristina Groves, along with Olympic supplier Hain Celestial, spread further cheer by presenting $10,000 to Right To Play, a charity which uses sport programs to improve health, develop life skills and encourage peace in disadvantaged communities.
Hain Celestial — which sells natural and organic packaged grocery products — pledged $5,000, a sum Groves personally matched on the spot. “I am donating $5,000 from my medal winnings to Right To Play,” she announced at the Concord Place Community Celebration Zone in Vancouver. “The work that Right To Play does around the world makes a real difference for hundreds of thousands of children every week. We are so fortunate here in Canada, and we need to share our good fortune with others.”
Groves was also celebrated at the event as the natural and organic food company presented her with messages of congratulations from fans across the country, who were encouraged to offer their support to the speed skater through messages posted on the Facebook fan page, Are You Green on the Inside?
“We are so proud of Kristina and her Olympic accomplishments,” said Beena Goldenberg, president, Hain Celestial Canada. “But what she has done today says so much about what a great person she is. Hain Celestial is so fortunate to be associated with Kristina.”
Johann Koss, president and CEO of Right To Play International, was thrilled to accept the gift. “We are so fortunate to have such great ambassadors who are great Canadians and wonderful advocates of what we do at Right To Play,” he said. “We thank Hain Celestial and Kristina for supporting our work. This donation will have a very positive impact on our programs and help us reach even more children through the power of sport and play.”