The Sadness conveyed by this artists drawing says it all. The world soon embraced the community of Humboldt after so many young lives were snuffed out in a horrible team bus crash. The days of grief that followed filled by funerals and eulogies could never take away the pain.
Some how a GrowFundMe page, anticipating a few thousand dollars, soared to over 12 million dollars, the largest in Canada’s History. As of Wednesday night that page will close and the money will be transferred to a newly created memorial fund to be known as The Humboldt Strong Community Foundation. The team will continue accepting donations in support of Broncos players, staff, families , first responders, emergency personnel and others affected by the tragedy. An advisory committee is being formed to make recommendations on distribution of funds.
Take a moment if you can……my hometown paper (The Wadena News) printed this touching poem which says it all! Best have the Kleenex ready!
They had practiced every drill,
Thinking about strategy and skill.
Ambition of winning was their aim,
To beat their opponents, to stay in the game.
Weekly road travel on the bus,
A common occurrence for many of us.
A semi truck out of the blue
Life as we know it, seems so untrue.
A tragedy no one saw coming,
Devastation, then responder’s running.
Everyone scrambling, what to do fi rst,
Which way to turn, to help the worst.
Twenty-nine people, a bus full of fun.
A minute later, life is undone.
None of what happened was in the plans,
Sending sixteen people in to God’s loving hands.
Thirteen injured, but still alive.
The pain of recovery, for which they strive.
Loss of family, they will never be the same.
Helping each other, is the name of the game.