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Ottawa, Apr 12 (Canadian-Media): Canadians across the country are wearing sports jerseys today to show support for the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, media reports said.
The initiative #JerseysforHumboldt was first proposed by a group of hockey parents in British Columbia on Facebook as a way to honor the Saskatchewan junior hockey team.
On April 6, the Humboldt Broncos were headed north to Nipawin, Sask., for a playoff game when their bus collided with a semi-truck at a remote intersection near Tisdale, Sask. Sixteen passengers died and 13 others were injured.
The movement then spread throughout the country and now thousands of Canadians are taking part in “Jersey Day,” by wearing a sports jersey or wearing a green ribbon.
People took to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to show their support
Toronto Mayor John Tory officially proclaimed Apr 12 as Jersey Day in the City of Toronto to honour the players and families affected by last week's tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, media reports said.
He is encouraging Torontonians to take part in Jersey Day to demonstrate their support for those that have been affected.
Jersey Day. Official Faceboook
"We are all heartbroken by this tragedy. This is a small but important way for everyone, including City of Toronto staff, to demonstrate their support for all those who have been affected," said Mayor Tory. "It is so far geographically between Toronto and Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and yet we are part of the same country that celebrates hockey, that celebrates its young people, and that celebrates its small towns and big cities.
"I hope we will encourage lots of people to take part in Jersey Day as a way of sending yet another signal to Humboldt to say we are with you."
City of Toronto staff have been encouraged by the Interim City Manager Giuliana Carbone to participate in Jersey Day by wearing a hockey jersey to work on Thursday.
Those who don't have a hockey jersey are encouraged to wear green and gold, the colors of the Humboldt Broncos.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)