Rather than reiterating the facts that have already been disclosed by various news sources regarding the Humboldt tragedy, I thought I would provide my own perspective of the situation out of respect for the victims and further their friends and families.
Thus far, 16 individuals affiliated with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team have died as a result of the bus crash that took place. These individuals were players, coaches, athletic therapists and more.
When I initially heard of this horrific tragedy, I struggled to emotionally process the situation. I simply could not, and continue, to have a difficult time in comprehending that so many young men and others lost their lives due to this tragic situation, and I cannot begin to fathom what the friends and families of the victims are experiencing emotionally, the grief they’re immersed in.
What occurred was, and remains to be, absolutely horrific, but I do think it is worth acknowledging how much support the families of the victims have experienced from fellow Canadians and further individuals in a global spectrum.
Thus far, the Go Fund Me fundraiser for the families of the victims has reached $8,871,280. This sum has been raised by 106,328 people in four days, a sum I find to be astonishing. The unity that has occurred as a result of this tragedy is almost incomprehensible, and I have never been more proud to be a Canadian.
Canadians have further initiated a motion of respect for the victims by placing hockey sticks outside on their front porches, “in case the boys need them.” I have seen hundreds of households participating in this movement, and each time I witness a home with a hockey stick out front, I smile because it signifies how deeply rooted community is within Canadian culture. Many companies and organizations have encouraged employees to wear a jersey, or clothing that is green or yellow in colour today to pay additional respects to the many individuals who lost their lives in this tragedy.
Please, wear green and/or yellow, leave your sticks outside, and visit the Go Fund Me page.
Do it for the boys.
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