Julia’s Hope Cup: Escape From Quarantine Escape Room Edition

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

Leave it to the Turners, Paul and Tina. The well known Welland couple refused to let fundraising on behalf of Hope Centre be thwarted by the pandemic. Instead, they’re skating this year into uncharted territory, for them, with a virtual, escape room fundraiser. 

COVID-19 bears the blame for their Julia’s Hope Cup pond hockey tournament and festival not taking place. It would have been the ninth Julia’s Hope Cup, held in Chippawa Park on Family Day weekend in February. It has raised thousands of dollars for Hope Centre, a community hub offering a food bank, lunch program and housing support program. It is near and dear to the Turner family’s hearts.

Julia, aged 15, passed on December 23, 2011 from a brain tumour. For several years prior, she helped with the pond hockey tournament in Chippawa Park to raise money for Hope Centre. Two months after her passing, the tourney became Julia’s Hope Cup. The Turners will never forget how, in the middle of a blizzard that day in 2012,  family, friends and the community came together in memory of Julia.

Even though the hockey tournament could not go ahead this year, Julia would have wanted something done to help Hope Centre, Tina Turner says in a video promoting the new event. The idea of the virtual escape room came from Hope Centre’s Marcie Clarkson, Paul says. 

But the story, this time around, isn’t in the words written by reporters. The story, this time around, is in Tina’s and Paul’s spoken words. The story, this time around, is in the looks on Paul’s and Tina’s faces. That is the story.

Their two-minute video is very much worth a look and a listen. The video can be found at: juliashopecup          

You will also find on the website full details about the virtual escape room fundraiser, everything you need to know to be a participant, or how you can just make a donation to the cause.

Just for the record, the hockey tournaments, over the years, have raised about $200,000 for Hope Centre, Paul says. No small potatoes, that’s amazing! It’s why the Turners are always so appreciative for the kindness and generosity of their tight-knit hometown.

And more good news, the virtual escape room fundraiser is off to a surprisingly good start, raising just over $26,000 of its $30,000 goal. The campaign closes April 24.

Julia Turner, who made an “impact in the world” because of how much she cared about people, especially the vulnerable and children, would have been 25-years-old on Monday, March 29.

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