In less than 48 hours, more than $50,000 has been raised in honour of a Fort McMurray-born goalie who was one of 15 people killed in Friday’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
The page was set up on Monday on behalf of Parker Tobin’s family by a friend in Spruce Grove, who says the funds raised will go towards establishing a Trust Fund.
“As many know, being a goalie brings an extra financial burden to many hockey families. Therefore, in lieu of gifts and flowers, the Tobin family want to commemorate and celebrate Parkers’ life by establishing a scholarship fund dedicated to helping future goalies. The funds raised through this scholarship will go directly towards facilitating goalie skill development, equipment costs, and educational pursuits,” said page creator Barb Potter.
As of Wednesday morning, $51,470 had been raised – exceeding its $50,000 target.
The page was set up after Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice announced the body of Tobin was mistaken for Xavier Labelle. The Ministry said similar body type and hair colour contributed to the misidentification.
Tobin won his first Jr. A game against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons as a member of Drayton Valley Thunder.
“Parker was smart, quick-witted, athletic, and determined to accomplish many great feats in life. His athletic pursuits were many but he was a true goalie, through and through,” said Potter.
Another GoFundMe started the day of the accident, April 6, has already doubled its $4 million goal – exceeding $8-million (and counting) in less than five days. Those funds will go to the players and families affected.
Locally, a public skate in support of the Broncos is taking place on Saturday at the Casman Centre from 1-3 p.m followed by a silent auction that same day from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Boston Pizza in downtown Fort McMurray.
RCMP Committing “Significant Resources” To Crash Investigation
RCMP announced Wednesday they are continuing their investigation into what caused a semi-truck to t-bone the Broncos bus on route to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask.
Police say dozens of interviews have been conducted and vehicle computer data is being recovered and analyzed while a team of re-constructionists continue to work on the investigation.
Eleven of the 14 injured remain in hospital, with conditions ranging from critical to stable.