Cassie Christians has her head shaved at last year’s Scott MacDonald Memorial. She was looking to raise $2000 alone for her efforts.
A tradition in Bonnyville football continues on Saturday.
The Bonnyville Amateur Football Association’s 10th annual Scott MacDonald Memorial fundraiser is set for a quadruple-header of football action with players from the peewee, bantam, and high school teams dying their hair pink or shaving their head.
The day is dedicated to former Bonnyville football player Scott MacDonald who passed away from cancer in 2010 at just 19 years old.
His memory carries on through Bonnyville Amateur Football Association.
“It’s a great day and it’s for a good cause. I know in talking with Scott’s family that it means a lot to them that the community is still taking part and actively trying to keep Scott’s memory alive,” said Naomi Fraser, president of the Bonnyville Amateur Football Parents Association.
Scott’s last wish was to donate all his monetary belongings to the Cross Cancer Institute and to provide the hospital with portable gaming consoles so patients would have some way to remain positive while missing the comforts of being home.
The BAFPA and MacDonald family have come together to build sponsorship baskets by raising money in a silent auction and head shaving.
“What we do is tailor them to the patient, or the warrior we call them. We’ve been able to do three baskets because of the donations from the town and the surrounding area. It’s just basically to make it a little easier and a little less stressful on the families and give the kids a chance to smile in spite of having cancer,” said Fraser.
“We really want people to come out and we want them to look at our silent auction tent. Every year it’s amazing. Come down and help support all the kids shaving their heads and raise as much money as we can because Scott’s dream was to make sure kids were able to get their smiles back during their treatments.”
The day begins with the Overdrive Tiny Techs atom flag football team taking the field at 11am.
The Bonnyville Renegades peewee team will host the Cold Lake Rams at 2pm.
The Bonnyville Bandits will also take on Cold Lake with the travelling Ravens coming to town for 4:30pm kickoff.
Then, the best Fort McMurray has to offer will take to Walsh Field against the undefeated Bonnyville Voyageurs in a non-league game at 7:30pm.