On Sunday afternoon when the Petes play host to the Niagara IceDogs members of Peterborough Fire and Rescue will be conducting a “Pass the Boot” donation collection in support of the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts.
As you are aware, earlier this week Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Eastern seaboard of the United States. The States hardest hit by Sandy were New Jersey and New York, leaving the little town of Ortley Beach New Jersey devastated with destruction. Ortley Beach is the home town of former Petes Captain and OHL Humanitarian of the Year Jack Walchessen.
“Seeing this devastation and being away from home is tough” says Jack Walchessen who is currently living in Ottawa, Ontario attending Carleton University. “I wish I could be with my family and friends at home to help our town get back to normal as quick as possible. That being said, the next best thing that I can do is to reach out to the community that I consider my second home. I know Peterborough is a strong and supporting community, and I feel I can speak on behalf of everyone on the east coast when I say that any and all donations are greatly appreciated.”
“My family is safe and is staying with friends about 20 minutes inland from the ocean, still without power or water, but at least a roof over their heads. We currently don’t know the status of our home as my parents had to evacuate and cannot get back to the island to check things out. From what I have seen the house is either gone or flooded. I am hoping for it to just be flooded. Unfortunately, I know there are lots of people who do not have a friend or a relative’s house to go to and are in a shelter, knowing that everything they own is gone. I personally have six friends whose houses are completely gone, and my parents know many more.”
Walchessen played for the Petes from 2006-2011 where he Captained the Petes in his final season and was named the winner of the OHL’s Dan Snider Memorial Award as OHL Humanitarian of the Year in 2011.
If you are unable to make it to the game on Sunday, but wish to make a donation you can do so by clicking here.