POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 37 PANS in the community Craig Matthews couldn't help but get a little bit of ribbing in with the local police. "No, there is no rivalry. It's all in good fun," said Truro Police Service Sgt. Rick Hickox. Matthews and fellow Truro Fire Service firefighter Logan Daly smiled as they bantered with Hickox about the upcoming Battle of the Badges benefit hockey game. The Police Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) All Stars will suit up against the firefighters Feb. 25 at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Over the years, the fundraising game has benefited local charities, including the Colchester Food Bank, Children's Wish Foundation and MADD Cobequid. This year, proceeds will also go to Third Place Transition House, in honour of the late Const. Catherine Campbell. CEC Safe Grad will be the recipient of the night's 50/50 draw. "We try to switch it up for the most part, but we've had a partnership with CEC's Safe Grad for 26 years, and that's important for the police organization," said Hickox. "Our partnership with the food bank is also important to us, and we decided, in light of the events of September, to honour Catherine with a donation to Third Place Transition House." With tears in her eyes, Cinda Willigar, of Third Place Transition House, said the donation is "huge." "It's such an honour for us to accept a donation in Catherine's name," she said. Police, firefighters lacing 'em up for annual hockey game Leading up to the game, students with CEC Safe Grad are conducting a food drive, with donations going to the local food bank. Between 4 and 7 p.m. on Feb. 23, students will be going door-to-door in the Truro area seeking donations. Items can also be dropped off in the school's foyer at the same time. Students hope to match the 2,290 pounds they collected at Halloween. "This is something we so look forward to," said the food bank's executive director, Mary DeAdder. "This year, the response has been phenomenal. We've had single parents coming in wanting to see it with their children and enjoy it with their children." DeAdder said the event is growing thanks to word of mouth, but acknowledges the "tremendous" amount of work done behind the scenes. "Thank you just doesn't seem to be enough," she said. Raissa Tetanish - as originally published in Truro Daily News on February 16, 2016 Facing Off For A Good Cause The annual Battle of the Badges charity hockey game between local police officers and firefighters is coming up on Thursday in support of numerous charities including the Colchester Food Bank, CEC Safe Grad, 3rd Truro Boy Scouts program and the Children's Wish Foundation. Some of those helping out with the cause, and even participating, include, from left, Truro Police Service Const. Edwin Reynolds, CEC Safe Grad liaison officer; Truro Fire Service firefighter Mike Mabey; Truro Police Service Const. Justin Russell; Chris Lomond, CEC student council co-president; Shannon Wolfe, CEC Safe Grad teacher advisor; Truro Police Service Cpl. Rick Hickox, the area director for Truro for the Atlantic Police Association; Mary DeAdder, executive director of the Colchester Food Bank; and Serena Sodhi, CEC student council co-president.