Broncos GoFundMe closes

Today is the last day to donate to a GoFundMe page for the Humboldt Broncos.

The fundraising campaign was started by Humboldt resident Sylvie Kellington who said she was hoping to raise $5,000.

But within 10 days, close to $14 million had been donated for the surviving players and their families.

It was on April 6 when the Broncos team bus collided with a transport truck, killing 16 members and support staff of the team and injuring 14 others.

A nation united around the small Saskatchewan town and people from Coast to Coast offered support emotionally and financially.

The crowdsourced fundraising campaign, believed to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history.

The GoFundMe page officially closes at midnight tonight.

Humboldt Broncos president Kevin Garinger said the team is “extremely grateful” for the donations and countless messages of support

“Our primary goal here is to help the families,” Garinger told CTV News Channel on Wednesday. “We didn’t have any expectations…it just speaks to the outpouring of support from our communities and our folks across our nation.”

Garinger said the team has retained legal counsel and accountants to help manage the money that will be transferred to the new Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund. He said a committee will also be established to decide how the funds will be divided among the victims’ families.

The team has previously said it will continue to accept donations through another new organization, the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation.

- with files from CTV

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