WINNIPEG – Oak Park High School has already raised $25,000 to replace football equipment destroyed by a fire over the weekend.
Donations have been pouring in ever since the Charleswood school announced the bad news on Saturday.
Team Manager Kristen Whittaker tells 680 CJOB she’s amazed by people’s generosity.
“One of our local community churches who tacks onto our football field, they put [forward] $1000,” says Whittaker. “We’ve had anonymous donations with people calling and saying ‘Here, I’m sending a cheque.”
A GoFundMe page reached it’s goal of $25,000 to replace the equipment by Sunday afternoon, including anonymous donations of $5,000 and $10,000.
The team was storing their practice gear in a pod at Fraser Meadows in Charleswood while their field at the school is under construction.
Raiders’ head coach Stu Nixon tells 680 CJOB, he guesses about $10,000 worth of stuff has been destroyed in the blaze.
“Things like step-over bags, ladders, helmet pinnies, sled bags, shields, footballs – all the stuff you need to run a decent practice,” Nixon explained.
Nixon adds the support from the community has been overwhelming. Grant Park and Vincent Massey have both offered to loan some of their equipment.
Nixon mentioned a man even offered a $1,000 donation while Nixon was assessing the damage.
“I’m looking at it (the pod) and I’m talking to one of the other coaches on the phone about what’s happened and I’m obviously pretty distraught about it and this gentleman who was walking his dog walks up and says, ‘here’s my name and number, call me (and) I’ll write you a cheque for a thousand bucks,’” Nixon explained.
No word yet on the official cause of the fire.