September 24, 2018 7:27 pm

$1.4M raised for SJHL Assistance Program

The SJHL Assistance Program has received $1.4 million in individual and corporate donations.

Angie Mellen / Global News
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The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) announced Monday that $1.4 million has been raised through individual and corporate donations for the SJHL Assistance Program.

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The program was launched just days after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, to support the mental health of players, coaches, families and volunteers across the league. The crash on April 6 killed 16 players and staff as well as injured 13 others.

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“Being able to provide them an avenue to seek assistance sooner than later … is going to be the point to allow you to become better. Becoming better, I have no timeline on that, nobody does but I think the sooner you can seek it, the sooner you’ll have a better chance of recovering,” SJHL president Bill Chow said.

He added people have been making use of the assistance program and the SJHL is looking at creating long-term assistance through this program as well.

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Co-op was one of the first to make a donation to the program, and to date has raised $768,000.

“Out of tragedy we often find our way forward as a community, that’s what co-operatives have always been about. The co-operatives really stepped up as organizations but also through their customers and members,” Federated Co-operatives Limited CEO Scott Banda said.

“We wanted to be part of helping a broader community in the hockey word deal with this tragedy.”

Those looking to access services can contact the Canadian Red Cross at sjhlsupport@redcross.ca or call Homewood Health at 1-866-459-4805.

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