The GoFundMe for the Humboldt Broncos officially closed at $15 million. The Toronto Strong fund has raised more than $1.5 million as of Friday evening.
A tragic accident involving a select group of young men and women off to play in a hockey game
A group of random people from all walks of life, just walking down a street, are deliberately run down by one person.
But a violent act that could have been on any street in any town and affect any one of us does not generate anywhere near the outpouring of generosity the bus accident generated.
Why are we motivated so differently?
Linda Berryman, Edmonton
A very good question, so WHO gets the money? the family of the dead and injured? how about the ones that made it?
I think people can relate to a group rather than an individual even though there was more than one individual. Why this is so is beyond me. Remember the soccer players who died in a plane crash in South America, people were horrified and shocked and even a movie was made about it. I do believe that we can all relate to a smaller community rather than a big city, even though many of us live in a prairie city. Compared to the large cities, prairie cities are like small communities. I also think Joe hit the nail on the head. We related to our children.
I had the same thought. Shortly after the Humbolt tragedy a young woman was struck and killed in a hit and run here in Edmonton. There was no massive outpouring of sympathy for her and her family and no go fund me page.
Both events were horrible. One event was very relatable to every parent that has had a child in organized hockey. The other event wasn't as relatable, most probably didn't even know a go fund me page was set up for the victims of the Toronto tragedy.