Boots to Kick Cancer and Grosvenor 50/50 Raise over $35,000 for Ronald McDonald House
July 31, 2020
Over the course of the past year, HSBC Canada Sevens Men’s Team and tournament partner Grosvenor have been striving to deliver meaningful initiatives in support of Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon (RMH), an organization that provides seriously ill children and their families with accommodation, while receiving treatment at nearby BC Children’s Hospital. Through Grosvenor’s sponsorship of the HSBC Canada Sevens’ tournament’s 50-50 draw, as well as a newly introduced fundraising initiative, ‘Boots to Kick Cancer’, we are delighted to announce a combined donation of $35,065 has been presented to Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon.
The relationship with RMH traces back to March 2019 when local property developer and investor and HSBC Canada Sevens Premier Partner, Grosvenor, became aware of an initiative led by the Canadian Men’s Sevens Team in support of four-year-old Abbotsford, BC native, Paisley MacRury, who was diagnosed with the leukemia 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, which represents leukemia awareness, 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.
We’re incredibly proud to be a part of this program, and to see how much good it has done in a short amount of time,” said Thiel. “Paisley and all of the children at Ronald McDonald House are superheroes, and we’re proud to give back anyway we can.”
Moved by the initiative, several Grosvenor employees volunteered with RMH and the Company followed with a generous financial donation to and a commitment to continue their support during HSBC Canada Sevens 2020. At the annual event held in March at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Grosvenor sponsored the 50-50 draw which split proceeds between RMH and the BC Rugby Union. Additionally, Grosvenor helped launch the ‘Boots to Kick Cancer’ initiative where Canadian players donned custom painted boots featuring artwork from young residents of RMH. Each pair of hand-detailed boots, designed by renowned local artist, Diego Zuniga, were auctioned online following the tournament. Together the two initiatives combined raised $35,065.25 for RMH.
“When 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 were thrilled to present the 50-50 draw and facilitate the Boots to Kick Cancer initiative and we will continue to find innovative ways, working alongside HSBC Canada Sevens, to show our commitment to such a worthy cause.”
“We are extremely grateful for the support of Grosvenor, Rugby Canada and BC Rugby Union. The HSBC Canada Sevens tournament this year was inspiring to be a part of; the passion, teamwork and dedication of the athletes, and the outstanding tournament experience embodied the hard fought battles that kids and families face every day at Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon,” said Richard Pass, CEO, RMH BC & Yukon. “We are grateful for the ongoing partnership of the Rugby community as we continue to serve families when they relocate to Vancouver with a critically ill child. “
For more information on how to support Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon please visit https://rmhbc.ca/.
ABOUT HSBC CANADA SEVENS:
HSBC Canada Sevens is a two-day indoor rugby sevens tournament, hosted at the world-class BC Place Stadium, host venue to Canada’s most prestigious events, and features 16 of the world’s top men’s rugby sevens teams. The HSBC Canada Sevens is the sixth stop in a 10-stop world tour as part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Sevens rugby, a fast-paced and shorter version of traditional rugby with only seven players per side, has built a huge international audience through the success of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which attracts large audiences in markets around the world.
For more information or interviews, please contact:
Director, Marketing & Communications, Rugby Canada