Kimmo Timonen says he saw a TV document in January about children battling against cancer and thought he had to do more to help. He had been helping a local hospital in his hometown Kuopio financially for many years, but it was time to do even more. This summer he organizes a fundraising event called Kime 4 Kids in Siilinjärvi, Finland. There will be a hockey related auction and Timonen challenges some other hockey players in a golf tournament this Saturday.
Guests include Finnish NHL players such as Valtteri Filppula and Tuukka Rask. Also ex-Flyers Ossi Väänänen and Kimmo's brother Jussi Timonen will be present. Kimmo will also get one of his current teammates on board as Scott Hartnell also agreed to join the event. Hartnell arrived in Siilinjärvi yesterday.
"We've been good friends with Scott since our days in Nashville", Timonen tells. "He's psyched."
Timonen also plans on giving Hartnell a quick look at the Kalpa organization where they both act as part owners. Ex-teammate Sami Kapanen is the GM and main owner of the SM-Liiga team.
"We'll at least drive by the office and tell Scott that here's where your money has gone", Timonen laughs.
Timonen isn't willing to reveal yet what sort of items will be auctioned at the event, but hints that hockey fans should pay attention.
"There's going to be stuff there that many people don't have. Precious stuff."
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