Wear a jersey Thursday to show support for Broncos

Remember to wear your jersey Thursday Apr. 12/2018 to show your support for Humboldt and the Broncos.

The Jersey Day campaign was the idea of British Columbia families to help people channel their grief and show their support for the town as they recover from the crash Friday Apr. 6/2018 between a transport truck and a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.

On Wednesday Apr. 11/2018 the number of people who died in the crash rose to 16 as the trainer passed away from her injuries sustained in the crash.

Locally, both the Niagara Catholic District School Board and the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) are participating in the Jersey Day Campaign.

“Earlier today, the Niagara Catholic family of students and staff joined together in prayer, and held a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the accident that killed players, coaches and staff associated with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team last Friday, their families and the community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan,” a press release from the Niagara Catholic School Board said on Monday Apr. 9/2018. “Our flags will fly at half-staff throughout the week, and we will participate in the nationwide Jersey Day April 12, in support of the Humboldt Broncos, their families and the communities profoundly affected by this tragedy.”

“We are all deeply saddened and our hearts are broken over the tragic events in Saskatchewan over the past few days,” said Board Chair Father Paul MacNeil. “But the vast outpouring of support for the residents of Humboldt and the hometowns and families of the individuals who were injured and killed draws us all closer together. To know that there are millions of people – here and around the world – who seek to lift their burden of grief in even the smallest of ways fills us with hope. As St. Mother Teresa once said, ‘in everything you do, do it with great love,’ and so it is in this spirit of love and compassion that we offer our support in this small way.”

A DSBN press release said that from April 9 -13 they were lowering flags at schools and worksites in solidarity with the community in Saskastchewan.

“At the DSBN, we all grieve for the Humboldt community and everyone affected by this tragic loss of life,” said Dale Robinson, Chair of the DSBN Board of Trustees in the press release. “We offer our deepest sympathies for their loss and our hope that, with love and time, healing and recovery are possible.

“As Canadians, there are few things that unite us like hockey. Many of us have had the shared experience of sending our children to take part in athletics. As such, our hearts go out to those struggling to come to terms with this terrible loss. As an organization dedicated to the betterment of young people, we mourn alongside the community and wish them strength and resolve in this most difficult time,” added Warren Hoshizaki, DSBN Director of Education.

Students participating in jersey day are invited to wear the jersey of their choosing in honour of those lost in the accident.

The City of Welland has shown their support with flags at half-mast at Civic Square and Bridge 13 lit yellow and green.

“The City sends sincere condolences to the families of those lost, their friends, and the community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan,” a City of Welland press release said Monday.

“As an expression of the city’s condolences, the flags at Welland Civic Square will fly at half-mast, and Bridge 13 will light the sky with yellow and green to represent the team colours of the Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey Team.”

In Port Colborne, residents are also paying their respects.

“Mayor Maloney and members of Port Colborne City Council would like to express their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the players and team personnel of the Humboldt Broncos who lost their lives in a tragic accident this past weekend,” the City of Port Colborne said Monday. “Please keep them in your thoughts.”

“Flags throughout the city have been lowered and hockey sticks have been left out at City Hall and the Vale Health & Wellness Centre.”

In Pelham residents were invited to put sticks out at the Pelham Arena.

“If you’d like to join staff and residents who have put their sticks out in support of the City of Humboldt and Humboldt Broncos feel free to do so at any time,” the Town of Pelham said on their social media.

In Fort Erie, condolence books have been left out at Town Hall and at the libraries for residents to express their condolences to the families of the crash victims. Town staff will also be wearing jerseys in memory of the victims.

For people who don’t have jerseys, they are encouraged to wear the team’s colours, gold and green.



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