The GoFundMe page set up by the mother of a former Humboldt Broncos player has reached nearly $13 million in the 10 days since the tragedy. With the unprecedented funds, the team said last week that they would need time to meet with advisers and formulate a plan for acceptable distribution. Monday evening, team president Kevin Garinger announced how the millions of online and in-person donations would be used.
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The GoFundMe campaign will close to donations Wednesday at midnight and all the funds from the website will be transferred to the newly-created Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund – a non-profit corporation that will work to allocate the funds. An advisory committee is being established to oversee the process and the GoFundMe page will remain live to provide updates on where the money is going. There will also be updates available on the Humboldt Strong website.
Donations not received through the GoFundMe – such as through bake sales and other community charity events that have taken place – will be part of a separate fund called The Humboldt Strong Community Foundation. The foundation’s goal will be to support the Broncos players, employees, families, volunteers and others in the community who have been affected by the crash.
The Broncos hockey team was heading to a playoff game in Saskatchewan April 6 when their team bus collided with a tractor-trailer. Sixteen people were killed in the crash and 13 were hospitalized with severe injuries. Since the tragedy, Canada and the international hockey community have come together to offer emotional and financial support.
Though the team announcement did not give specifics about what the Humboldt Strong donations will go towards, extended care for the ten Broncos players who remain in hospital, physical aids they may need for recovery and psychological services for families and the community are some of the suggestions being made.