Boots to Kick Cancer – Online Auction
March 4, 2020
While most Canadian athletes grow up dreaming of donning the red and white, Canada’s Men’s Sevens team has elected to incorporate orange into the palette of the squad’s identity. That is because orange represents leukemia awareness, and the inspiring story of young Paisley MacRury.
The four-year-old Abbotsford, BC native was diagnosed with the disease in late 2018. Paisley’s father, Graeme MacRury, is a long-time member of the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club, the home club of current national team stars Jake Thiel and Justin Douglas. Thiel, a fellow Abbotsford native, was quick to embrace the story of Paisley and her battle with leukemia, subsequently bringing it forward to the rest of the team. Inspired by Paisley’s bravery, the team began lacing-up their boots with orange laces at the HSBC New Zealand Sevens tournament in January 2019 as a way to carry Paisley’s fighting spirit out onto the rugby field. The orange laces movement has since gone viral, with numerous teams around the world coming together to show their support for Paisley’s fight and to raise leukemia awareness.
It was March of last year when Grosvenor, an HSBC Canada Sevens Premier Partner, got word of the initiative and took it upon themselves to lend a hand in the fight against leukemia. Grosvenor made a generous financial donation to Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon, an organization that provides seriously ill children and their families with accommodation, while receiving treatment at the nearby BC Children’s Hospital.
At HSBC Canada Sevens 2020, Grosvenor will again add to their support of Paisley and other unwell children by sponsoring the tournament’s 50-50 draw. The draw will open a week in advance of the tournament with charitable proceeds split between Ronald McDonald House and BC Rugby.
“The Canada Sevens team took Paisley under their wing,” said Graeme MacRury. “Grosvenor is part of that family. We don’t know what we would have done without being able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House.”
On the pitch, Canada’s athletes will similarly step up their efforts in raising awareness by donning custom painted boots featuring artwork from young residents of Ronald McDonald House. Appropriately deemed the “Boots to Kick Cancer” initiative, each pair of hand-detailed boots, designed by renowned local designer Diego Zuniga, will be auctioned off following this year’s HSBC Canada Sevens tournament. All proceeds will be going to Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon.
“We’re really proud to be a part of this program,” said Thiel. “Paisley is such a huge source of inspiration for all of us and we want to give back in anyway we can.”
“We heard about Paisley’s journey and learned that over 2,000 families a year rely on Ronald McDonald House for accommodation while they travel to Vancouver with their ill or injured child, we wanted to help. ” said Patti Glass, Grosvenor Americas. “We’re so pleased to be presenting the 50-50 draw and facilitating the Boots to Kick Cancer initiative, and will continue to find innovative ways to show our commitment to such a worthy cause.”
To learn more about the custom designs, and to bid on the boots, please visit: https://charityauction.bid/bootstokickcancer