Currie’s Corner 614 , April 12th 2018
Over the course of my more than 46 years in the news business I have had to tell a lot of truly horrible heart-breaking stories. I long ago reluctantly accepted the notion that we are mostly in the bad news business. It’s no wonder that so many of our consumers don’t like what we do.
But not many stories have produced such a total feeling of sorrow and tragedy as what happened when that bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos collided with a big truck on that highway in Saskatchewan. Those hockey players in particular were the pride and joy of their parents and grandparents. They represented the best of our collective future. As the team’s chaplain, Sean Brandow, said at the vigil two nights after the crash “Where was God at that moment?”
Indeed it was a moment that challenged the faith of so many as those families struggle to carry on. At times such as this, we look for any possible positives. The number of people registering as organ donors rose dramatically with the news that one of the young players who was killed helped to save the lives of several people when his heart and other organs were made available for transplant.
Donations of blood also increased, and we can only lament that it takes such a tragedy to increase awareness of such obvious needs. Perhaps the most amazing story that followed the Humboldt tragedy was the money that was donated to help the surviving victims, and the families of both the living and the dead. In less than a week, more than $10 million was donated or pledged on a ‘GoFundMe’ page.
The money came from more than 50 countries in what could be seen as the very best realization of Marshall McLuhan’s ‘Global Village’.
It has never been easier to do the right thing when tragedy strikes, and there is some of the light that shines in this darkest hour.
I’m Roger Currie