Former Australian Hockey player John MacKinnon (right) with his family (left) Daughter Kate with granddaughter Zoe and sons Luke and Paul. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
IT WAS perhaps the best loss Luke MacKinnon will ever experience.
United were beaten 5-1 by Central in Saturday's Capital League men's hockey competition, but the day was more significant for raising money to beat breast cancer.
This weekend's Hockey ACT round is dedicated to Chris MacKinnon, Luke MacKinnon's mother who died of breast cancer in January.
Luke MacKinnon's father, John, and siblings Paul and Kate were on the sidelines at the National Hockey Centre in Lyneham for the games and Hockey ACT hopes to raise $5000 from the weekend.
''Considering mum was such a big part of hockey and the hockey family, everybody's really rallied behind, so it's really nice to see,'' Luke MacKinnon said. ''All I've been doing is remembering family and happy memories and going on from there. It's just fantastic how much time and effort the United people as well as the Hockey ACT people have put in to make it such a good day.''
Lola McKinnon, a member of the Central club for 30 years, beat breast cancer five years ago.
''It's really important because it's good for the support of the people going through it just to know that there is community support,'' McKinnon said.
''It's just a shame that it has come because of Chris, that Chris won't be with us to help celebrate the efforts that are being put in.''
The fund-raising festivities will continue during the women's action on Sunday, with all donations going towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation.