Biffy drop nets nearly 9K
The Portage Thunder U-12 Botterill team poses with the homemade outhouse they used in their 'Biffy Drop' fundraiser to raise funds for Kiera's Krusade. (supplied photo)
Who would’ve thought an outhouse could bring so much joy.
The Portage Thunder U-12 Botterill ringette team surprised organizers of the Kiera’s Winter Classic Hockey Tournament in Winnipeg with an $8,772.68 cheque they raised through a ‘biffy drop’ fundraiser held in Portage la Prairie last week.
“We got an email inviting us to the fundraising tournament for Kiera’s Krusade, a tournament started in the name of a young girl from Winnipeg who died of brain cancer,” says head coach, Greg Botterill. “We were quite interested and wanted to do a little more than just show up for the tournament. The ‘biffy drop’ ended up being a huge success thanks to the community.”
The team of girls built their very own outhouse then painted it the Portage Thunder colours while decorating it with Kiera’s Krusade flyers and pictures. The biffy was then fittingly dropped off at a Cobb’s Plumbing and Heating in Portage before hopping from business to business, then friend to friend. All in all, it was the support of the community of Portage la Prairie that warmed the hearts of the event’s organizers and Kiera’s parents
“It’s remarkable, they signed up and went above and beyond,” says Kiera’s father, Gary Bond. “We didn’t expect any of the teams to raise funds but Portage did and it was so neat. We saw the list of who contributed and it was a lot of people which was very humbling for something that is very close to us. I don’t believe anyone in Portage even knew anything about Kiera so it’s really impressive to see.”
The girls had a lot of fun at the tournament but their favourite part was presenting the cheque to the family.
“The folks were shocked and surprised when we handed over the cheque, and so were we,” adds Botterill. “They weren’t expecting anything like that from a small team like us but it was easy to do with the support from the community we had. The girls had a blast and were overjoyed to hand over that amount of money.”
The tournament was played in -37 temperatures but the warmth of giving kept the Thunder in high spirits.