(Wallaceburg Minor Hockey Association)

Over $30,000 was raised for two charities recently during the #Play4Brae event held at Wallaceburg Memorial Arena.

The tournament was held back in December in honour of Braelyn Blackbird, was passed away last year.

“Braelyn spoke about giving back to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto,” Wallaceburg Minor Hockey Association officials said on social media.

“Her experience there had such a huge impact on her, she had to do something. Her love of hockey and her big heart led her to want to host a hockey tournament, with proceeds going to the house. Without knowing her wish, several members of the Wallaceburg Minor Hockey Association reached out to the family to host an event in memory of Braelyn, with proceeds toward Cystic Fibrosis Canada.”

Wallaceburg Minor Hockey Association officials said planning began for #Play4Brae.

“On December 8, 2018 we fulfilled Braelyn’s wish,” Wallaceburg Minor Hockey Association officials said.

“The communities of Walpole Island and Wallaceburg together created a purple wave in the Wallaceburg arena in support of Cystic Fibrosis awareness with all proceeds of the event directed to Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Ronald McDonald House Charities.”

Wallaceburg Minor Hockey Association officials added: “We literally have hundreds of people that we need to thank for pulling an event like this together and we’ve done our best to highlight them in one of the pictures in this post. Good people doing good things is contagious. However, the biggest thanks goes to Braelyn and the Blackbird family for the inspiration in creating a truly amazing event. Together we raised awareness of two great charities and in the process raised an incredible $30,011.00.”