If it wasn’t for community support during the pandemic, Kirtida Kitchen wouldn’t have survived the pandemic, says Hitesh Jagad, the owner of the Eramosa Road restaurant.
To give back, Jagad is sponsoring eight public skate sessions for the Guelph community at the West End Community Centre and the Victoria Road Recreation Centre from November to December.
“This is the right time and the right moment for people to have some good time with their family and friends,” said Jagad.
“We are a small business. Our business runs on community support. If they are not coming to our business and not supporting our business then we are not able to survive."
With few indoor activities during the pandemic, Jagad said people have been missing out on ice skating for a while.
“This might be a big boost to the people to smile and enjoy a good time,” said Jagad.
“We have done so many community food donations and still we were thinking that we should support the community by doing something else,” said Jagad.
The first free session is booked for Nov. 6. Space is limited so those interested must register online up to 72 hours in advance.
While not finalized, the suggested dates and places for the remaining sessions are:
Nov, 21 at Victoria Road Recreation Centre
Dec. 4 at West End Community Centre
Dec 9 at Victoria Road Recreation Centre
Jan. 8 at West End Community Centre
Jan. 23 at Victoria Road Recreation Centre
Feb. 5 at West End Community Centre
Feb. 21 at Victoria Road Recreation Centre
Jagad said he often visits the recreation centres during the winter and sees families enjoying themselves during the pandemic.
“People want to get outside and have some fun,” he said.