Hope got into the spirit of jersey day for Humboldt, an initiative started by a group of B.C. hockey moms after a tragic bus accident claimed 16 lives in rural Saskatchewan.
The April 6 crash between a semi-truck and a bus carrying Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team the Humboldt Broncos killed 14, two more have since died in hospital. After the tragedy a group of hockey moms, led by Jennifer Pinch, came up with jersey day as a way to show their support and help youth in their grief over the accident.
Hope residents showed their support by donning jerseys and sharing photos online with the hashtag #jerseysforhumboldt and #jerseydayforhumboldt.
#jerseysforhumboldt Remembering the players & families impacted by this tragedy. Flags lowered to half-mast at all schools in SD78 in respect of the #HumboldtBroncos @hopesecondary pic.twitter.com/6dOqoDlmPn
— School District 78 (@sd78bc) April 12, 2018
The latest show of support comes after more tragic news, announced April 11, that a sixteenth member of the hockey team had died in hospital. Dayna Brons, 25, was a trainer for the Broncos hockey team. The first funeral of the 16 killed was held today, for play-by-play announcer Tyler Bieber, and two funerals are scheduled for Friday.
— Hope SAR (@hopesar1) April 12, 2018
Fire chief Tom DeSorcy wasn’t in town on the day, but he still managed to don a jersey together with fire chiefs of B.C.
FCABC Career Chiefs supporting #JerseysForHumboldt @DeltaOceanPoint in #Victoria today. #humboltstrong @CMclenan @CdnFireChiefs @globalnews @Karen_Fry @FireChiefReid @ChiefJosephson @HopeFireDept pic.twitter.com/N9clQPHXzY
— FCABC (@BCFireChiefs) April 12, 2018
Even members of the local newsroom got into the spirit, wearing some pretty classic jerseys with ties to Hope.
— Emelie Peacock (@emelie_writes) April 12, 2018
Canadians donning jerseys across the country is the latest in a massive show of support for the victims and survivors of the tragic crash. A Go Fund Me campaign for the families of the victims has become one of the most successful campaigns on the site, raising $9.73 million by 116, 195 donors in less than a week. Doughnuts with the team’s colours — green and yellow — have been sold at Tim Hortons franchises across Saskatchewan.
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