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Judge approves interim GoFundMe payments in Humboldt Broncos crash

Last Updated Aug 15, 2018 at 11:26 am PDT

A GoFundMe page for the Humboldt Broncos is seen on a computer near Tisdale, Sask., on April, 10, 2018. A court hearing related to money raised following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash is the first real test of Saskatchewan's efforts to regulate crowdfunding campaigns, says the lawyer for the memorial fund. The Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc. will ask the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench for an initial order Wednesday that would declare a GoFundMe campaign a public appeal, authorize the money to be held in trust and approve an interim payment of $50,000 each to the 13 survivors and the families of the 16 people who died after the April 6 crash. The GoFundMe campaign raised $15.2 million in donations from all over the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

SASKATOON – A Saskatchewan judge has approved interim GoFundMe payments to those affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

The payments of $50,000 are to be given to each of the 13 survivors and the families of the 16 people who died after the junior hockey team’s bus and a transport truck crashed in April.

More than $15.2 million was donated to the GoFundMe campaign created after the crash.

The money had yet to be distributed because Saskatchewan has legislation which outlines how court-supervised payouts are to be made.

Jeff Lee, a lawyer who represents the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc., told Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench some of the families have faced financial hardship since the crash.

The judge also approved a committee to determine how the rest of the Broncos GoFundMe money is distributed.