It will take several months to distribute the more than $8 million raised so far for the victims of a fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos, says the platform hosting the online crowdfunding campaign — the largest ever in Canada.
More than 100,000 donors in 65 countries have contributed to the GoFundMe campaign — ranked among the five most successful campaigns ever on the platform — with donations ranging from $5 to $50,000 coming from individuals, families, sports teams and multinational corporations.
A spokeswoman for GoFundMe declined to say whether the money would be dispersed only among the families of the 15 people killed when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos collided with a truck last week, or if it would also go to the 14 others who were injured.
“It’s still too soon for that level of detail and the distribution of funds will take time to organize,” Spokesperson Rachel Hollis said “We will ensure the Humboldt Broncos have all the support they need.”
GoFundMe said it has safeguards in place to ensure the money goes to the right place, including transferring funds directly to the beneficiary of the campaign, rather than its organizer.
The campaign was organized by Sylvie Kellington, a Humboldt woman whose son played for a youth version of the team, and the beneficiary is “Broncos team officials,” Hollis said, noting that the money will eventually make its way to the families of Broncos players, as promised on the fundraising page.
If questions arise, GoFundMe has a “Trust and Safety team” that will hold the funds until the beneficiary is verified “to our satisfaction”, the company said in a statement.