It’s been two weeks since the Humboldt Broncos bus crash tragedy rocked the community of Humboldt, the province, and the country.
As devastating as it was, fundraisers continue to take place to raise money for families across the province, including one taking place in Lumsden for former Assistant Coach Mark Cross.
Chris Whitteron is helping organize this event and is a member of the Lumsden Monarchs. He explains why he, the rest of the Lumsden Monarchs organization and the Highway Hockey League are organizing this fundraiser.
“A tragedy like this strikes home for all sports teams; everyone rides the bus to games, everyone has rode the buses growing up to games and what not, so it’s a tragic event, and we thought we would try and do our part to help out.”
Cross joined the Monarchs for the team’s provincial run last year, after spending most of the season with the Strasbourg Maroons. As well, Cross coached minor hockey in the Lumsden area before becoming the assistant coach for the Humboldt Broncos.
Whitteron describes Mark Cross as a person.
“He was a personal guy, a friendly guy, hard worker, he set his goals high and he achieved a lot in a short time frame,” Whitteron says. “I think his brother-in-law Owen said it best, when he said all the big things you hear about this guy, nothing was exaggerated about Mark Cross. He was everything that you hear about him in the media, he was those things.”
Proceeds will go towards the Mark Cross Sports Memorial Fund, and the Humboldt Broncos.
The fundraiser takes place at the Lumsden rink on Saturday, April 28th, and starts at 5:30.