For Rene Boivin, sister of injured local snowmobile racer Curtis Boivin, the amount of support that has come from the community and elsewhere since her brother was injured in an accident earlier this month has left her speechless.
“There are no words that can express our family’s thanks,” Boivin said last Thursday night during a benefit dinner at the Couchiching multi-use facility.
“It means a lot to our family, with what everyone is doing to help and support right now,” she added.
Thursday’s benefit ended up being a rousing success, with an unofficial total of more than $10,000 being raised to help the Boivin family.
“The amount of generosity that has come from the moment the benefit dinner was announced a little over a week ago has been overwhelming,” dinner co-ordinator Joanne Bruyere noted.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Badiuk Equipment and the staff at the La Verendrye Hospital, as without them I wouldn’t have been able to do this,” she stressed.
In addition to the local benefit dinner, the Canadian Power Toboggan Championships also has set up ways that people can support the 19-year-old, who remains in critical but stable condition following head injuries sustained in an accident at Beausejour, Man. back on Dec. 4.
“The racing association has made up a bunch of sticker with Curtis’ numbers on it [19B],” noted Rene Boivin.
“And while they didn’t arrive in time for the benefit, we will let everyone know when they available here.
“There has also been a trust fund set up for the family . . . by the association, so people can donate to that, as well,” she added.
Those able to donate are asked to send cheques, payable to the CPTC, to P.O. Box 22, Beausejour, Man., R0E 0C0.