Like many communities around the nation, the Town of Wilkie will soon be showing their support for the City of Humboldt, which is still reeling from the tragic bus accident that claimed the lives of 16 members of their Junior A Broncos organization last Friday.
Residents in Wilkie will be joining together Friday evening at 7 p.m. in the parking lot at the SaskCan Community Centre to host a vigil that will be filled with emotion for the victims and survivors of the deadly crash.
“Wilkie needed this to happen,” organizer Helen Urlacher said. “We held off because other communities were holding events, but with Friday being the one week anniversary of the crash I thought it would be appropriate.”
Urlacher said Wilkie has a connection with the Humboldt Broncos, as several members of the Wilkie Outlaws have played for the Broncos over the years.
“It’s such a tragedy. I can’t begin to fathom what the families and friends of the players are going through,” she said. “Being a mom and a hockey fan I’ve shed a lot of tears since last Friday.”
Urlacher said this has been one of the longest weeks of her life, but said she knows from talking to others in Wilkie that there will be a strong show of support for the Humboldt Broncos.
“We are encouraging those who come to wear green and yellow, which are the Broncos' team colours,” Urlacher said. “We would also like to see people bring their hockey stick to lie against the SaskCan Centre.”
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