At 5 years of age Keira joined the game of ringette for the first time and never looked back. The speed, the competition, the strategy, the camaraderie – all were elements of the game that Keira absolutely loved. A tenacious competitor, Keira was a team player who enjoyed setting up plays as much as scoring a goal. At the young age of 10, Keira was diagnosed with an aggressive brainstem tumour. Her trademark strength, resilience, and sense of humour helped support her throughout this difficult journey.
Tragically, in June 2017, Keira was taken from us just six short months after her diagnosis. Keira’s battle with cancer did not stop her from putting other people first. Her care and compassion for others prompted her to start Keira’s Krusade (www.keiraskrusade.com), an organization created to help support others diagnosed with cancer.
During times of tragedy sport often brings people together, and our ringette community did not disappoint. People immediately reached out and Keira’s Winter Klassic (KWK), a tournament that combined things Keira truly loved: ringette, Christmas and helping others, was born. The inaugural KWK in 2018 raised over $37,000!
Our 2nd annual Keira’s Winter Klassic on February 8-10, 2019 was a resounding success! Once again, we hosted eight U12 A2/A3 teams, this time holding our tournament indoors at Kirkfield Westwood Community Club’s Keith Bodley Arena, 360 Sansome Ave. The move to an indoor venue was an excellent decision given that the weekend arrived with temperatures in the -30s with the windchill!
Keira’s Winter Klassic action began Friday night, with round robin play continuing all day Saturday and Sunday, and playoffs scheduled late Sunday afternoon. Between games, teams were able to attend their own mini inspiHER session courtesy of Karina Walker and Rising Strong. Players and spectators alike were able to participate in all the excitement that KWK had to offer: face painting, bake sale, silent auction, glitter tattoos, apparel, candy table, Keira’s Krusade customized ringette pillows, and more! A social evening, complete with a fun Christmas theme, was held at Heritage Victoria Community Club on Saturday night.
Community support was evident as families, friends, ringette fans, and members of the general community came out in full force. The gold medal match saw host team Sturgeon Heights Boom (bearing Keira’s nickname) triumph over Corydon Comets in an exciting 3-2 victory! And, to top it all off, an impressive $22,025.74 was raised, all of which will go to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation via Keira’s Krusade to fight pediatric brain cancer. We could not have done it without the care and generosity of all of our supporters – thank you!
Silent Auction, 50/50 and Loonie Stick Results
We have one unclaimed prize – Social Prize #1 (ticket 0992752). If you have this winning ticket, please email Charlene Henry at email@example.com.
Thank you to all you wonderful 2019 KWK supporters, volunteers, sponsors, donors, players and organizers.
To become a sponsor, contact Char Henry at (204) 771-6934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Customized Ringette Pillows
Keira’s Krusade has two different customized ringette pillows available for your ringette player – the 20” x 20” pillows include a cushion insert, come in blue, green, or black with white font only (as shown), and are $35 each (all in). All proceeds go to Keira’s Krusade.
Orders may be picked up in Crestview (St. James area). You will be contacted with pick-up details after your order is ready.
Orders must be pre-paid by e-mail money transfer to Denise Quick at email@example.com with pillow as the e-mail money transfer password.
To order, please complete the interactive form in the link below: