Toronto Rock to partner with Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Gord Downie is presented with a Star blanket by Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and his wife Valerie Galley during a ceremony honouring Downie at the AFN Special Chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que., Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

TORONTO – The Toronto Rock have partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund for the National Lacrosse League team’s home opener on Dec. 16 against the Saskatchewan Rush at Air Canada Centre.

The Rock will donate $1 to the Downie Wenjack Fund for every ticket sold for the game.

Representatives from the Downie Wenjack Fund will be on the Air Canada Centre concourse on game night accepting donations, selling merchandise and raising awareness.

The mission of the Downie Wenjack Fund is to encourage reconciliation between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people in Canada.

Gord Downie was the lead singer of the rock band The Tragically Hip. He died from brain cancer on Oct. 17 at the age of 53. He dedicated the final year of his life to raising awareness of Indigenous issues and the destructive legacy of residential schools in Canada.

Downie’s brother Patrick will address the crowd prior to the game.

CANADIAN PRESS

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