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Newfoundland father builds rink to raise funds for son struggling with cerebral palsy

A Newfoundland father’s backyard hockey rink is a labour of love that is raising funds for children’s charities while drawing attention from around the world.

Todd Churchill built the detailed ice surface, about a quarter of the size of an NHL rink, with painted boards, lines and face-off circles.

He did it for Carter, his almost two-year-old boy, who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and is deaf.

Churchill spent about $10,000 of his own cash and more than six months building the rink in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, a community near St. John’s.

The full-time engineer says he now rents it out in exchange for donations that go to charities for children with medical challenges.

Churchill says the rink has so far raised about $30,000 and that emails of support have arrived from around the world.

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