Fundraiser reaches $ 28,500 in 18 hours for mother of hockey player killed in Langford crash – Vancouver Island Free Daily

A wave of grief and condolence over the death of a young Sooke man translates into financial support.

Grant Gilbertson, 18, died of an accident on Sooke Road in Langford on January 3. The teenager was on his way to North Saanich for evening training with the Peninsula Panthers.

“Grant played for Sooke’s minor hockey for many years… his love and passion for hockey was endless and he loved being on the ice,” wrote Emily Lock, GoFundMe organizer for the campaign.

“He was our son, brother, grandson, teammate, best friend, nephew, cousin, student, leader and one of the best of the best. Let’s all come together and support this family.

In just 18 hours, the campaign raised over $ 28,500 for Gilbertson’s mother, Darcie Colegrave, and her initial goal of $ 25,000 was raised to $ 35,000.

The Panthers club have postponed their Wednesday night (Jan. 5) game at Colwood against the Westshore Wolves and plan to hold a special ceremony in Gilbertson’s honor ahead of Friday’s (Jan. 7) home game at the Panorama Recreation Center against the Victoria Cougars.

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Catherine J. Martinez