Bron­cos’ GoFundMe be­ing closed off at mid­night Wed­nes­day

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY + REGION - DAR­REN ZARY dzary@post­ Twit­

The Hum­boldt Bron­cos’ GoFundMe page — which has raised more than $12 mil­lion from donors world­wide — will re­main open un­til mid­night Wed­nes­day.

That will al­low for any ad­di­tional on­line do­na­tions be­fore the page is closed and funds can be trans­ferred to a non-profit cor­po­ra­tion known as Hum­boldt Bron­cos Memo­rial Fund Inc., “to be al­lo­cated for their in­tended pur­pose,” Bron­cos team pres­i­dent Kevin Garinger an­nounced late Mon­day af­ter­noon dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in Saska­toon.

The Bron­cos’ board of di­rec­tors has made the de­ci­sion in con­sul­ta­tion with le­gal coun­sel, MLT Aikins, and ex­ec­u­tives from head of­fice, Garinger con­tin­ued.

“We are a vol­un­teer group of peo­ple who are now lean­ing on those ex­perts in this area to help us deal with this and sup­port our fam­i­lies the best way we can.”

The Bron­cos’ on­line fundrais­ing cam­paign — set up in the wake of the team bus crash tragedy that has left 16 of its pas­sen­gers dead — has be­come the largest ever of its kind in Canada.

An ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee is be­ing es­tab­lished to make a rec­om­men­da­tion for the al­lo­ca­tion of the funds, which will be held in trust un­til that al­lo­ca­tion oc­curs.

Once the com­mit­tee is for­mal­ized, an up­date will be pro­vided.

“We want to get this dealt with sooner rather than later, but to be hon­est our pri­mary fo­cus is do­ing this ac­cu­rately and prop­erly, as op­posed to hav­ing some sort of rush time­line to get it ac­com­plished,” said Garinger, who has at­tended at least one fu­neral ev­ery day since Thurs­day.

The Bron­cos have had un­prece­dented sup­port from around the world fol­low­ing the hor­rific team bus crash on April 6.

The GoFundMe page was started by lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­ber Sylvie Kelling­ton.

On Mon­day, the Bron­cos also an­nounced that, to­gether with le­gal coun­sel Robert­son Stromberg, they have launched the Hum­boldtStrong Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion to ac­com­mo­date in­com­ing funds.

“We’ve been hum­bled, and our spir­its buoyed, by the stag­ger­ing num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als and groups want­ing to make do­na­tions, or hold­ing fundrais­ers to sup­port our or­ga­ni­za­tion, as we deal with this un­prece­dented cri­sis,” Garinger said.

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