Bron­cos start process in Go­FundMe campaign

Waterloo Region Record - - Sports -

REGINA — Money raised in a Go­FundMe campaign af­ter the Hum­boldt Bron­cos bus crash will go di­rectly to sur­vivors and fam­i­lies of those killed, but a fee of nearly $500,000 is be­ing de­ducted by the on­line fundrais­ing site from just over $15 mil­lion in donations. Bron­cos pres­i­dent Kevin Garinger says Saskatchewan has leg­is­la­tion to deal with the ad­min­is­tra­tion of funds raised through a pub­lic ap­peal. That process has started and a Court of Queen’s Bench jus­tice is to be ap­pointed to over­see it. “The Go­FundMe campaign raised $15.175 mil­lion, ap­prox­i­mately,” said Garinger. “Af­ter the de­duc­tion of fees charged by Go­FundMe, the net amount the me­mo­rial fund an­tic­i­pates re­ceiv­ing from the do­nated monies is ... right around $14.7 mil­lion. One hun­dred per cent of that to­tal, as well as any in­ter­est gained through the funds that are go­ing to be held in trust, will go to­ward the 29 fam­i­lies that have been im­pacted by this un­think­able tragedy.” Six­teen peo­ple — in­clud­ing 10 play­ers — were killed and an­other 13 play­ers were in­jured April 6 when the ju­nior hockey team’s bus and a semi col­lided at a ru­ral Saskatchewan in­ter­sec­tion.

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