‘Incredible’ support at fundraiser hockey game

Photo submitted A fundraiser hockey game hosted by Lake Utopia Paper at the Patrick Connors Recreational Complex raised a whopping $11,125 for Zackary Shaw. Shaw is a 10-year-old St. George resident who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia for the third time in January.

Blacks Harbour – “Our community, they really take after their own, which is awesome.”

Those are the words of Andrew Clark, a Lake Utopia Paper employee who organized a fundraiser hockey game for 10-year-old Zackary Shaw, a St. George resident who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia for the third time in early January.

Shaw is currently in Halifax with his parents, because he has to remain close to the IWK Hospital where he is receiving treatment.

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The game took place last week at the Patrick Connors Recreational Complex, and raised a whopping $11,125 for Shaw, through a silent auction, 50/50 draw, and donations.

Clark acknowledged the overwhelming support from the community – from the volunteers who helped the event run smoothly, to those who attended the game, and the businesses which donated items to the silent auction.

“I was very happy – very proud – of everybody. I couldn’t believe how the gifts were flooding in. It was incredible.”

Lake Utopia Paper put a team on the ice, dubbed the Lake Utopia Monsters, which squared off against the Irving Tissue Gulls, of Irving Tissue in Saint John.

The Tissue Gulls took the win with a score of 11-9.

“It was a good game,” Clark said. “It was close the whole game. Everybody had a really good time.”

Shaw’s mother, Courtney, attended the game with her two daughters, and dropped the puck in the opening faceoff.