Just a few hours after first responders left the scene, the fundraiser had hit $100,000.00. It didn’t take long for the number to climb. Money came in from over 140,000 people from 80 counties worldwide, including Sweden, India, Peru, Japan, Denmark, Finland, France, Australia, Germany and Spain, amongst many others.
The dollar figure eclipsed $15 million – the highest Canadian Go-Fund-Me campaign ever, and the second highest cause globally.
The $15,185,400.00 raised surpassed the totals of the Las Vegas, Pulse Nightclub and Stoneman Douglas shooting fundraisers, while falling short of only the $21 million donated to the Time’s Up cause – a way of looking after those dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault in the workplace.
The money raised will be handled by the brand new not-for-profit organization, the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc.
Many professional, junior and minor hockey teams donated, while a handful of NHL stars gave generously to the cause, including Dion Phaneuf, Drew Doughty, Tyler Bozak and Brayden Schenn.
Sadly, just three days after the accident in Saskatchewan, another tragic bus accident involving children occurred in India. 27 passengers were killed – including at least 24 children under the age of 12 – after a school bus plunged off the side of a mountain in the Himalayas.
However, many Canadians took the time to donate to that cause, partly due to the closeness stemming from the Humboldt tragedy. Other than the donations coming from within a 200 kilometre radius of the cash site, the highest proportion of financial support came from the prairies of Manitoba.
As the Broncos and the entire city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan begin to recover from this devastating event, the hope is that the attention will not be drawn to the crash itself, but more so on focusing on the hope for a brighter tomorrow, due in large part to the strength of its surrounding community.
By Carter Brooks
Photo provided by the Humboldt Broncos