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Wheat Kings, Don Cherry to Help Promote Organ Donations

February 10, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

Brandon, MB. - This coming Saturday night will be a fun night at Westoba Place as the Brandon Wheat Kings will suit up with Don Cherry to promote organ donation when they play host to the league leading Prince Albert Raiders.

RE/MAX of Western Canada is teaming up with the Wheat Kings and the Western Hockey League to present the second season of WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry - a series of events across WHL markets to generate support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Throughout the final two months of the 2018-19 regular season, all 17 WHL Clubs in Canadian markets will play host to their very own themed games, complete with a variety of special promotions for fans in attendance. A total of 1,000 limited second edition Don Cherry bobbleheads will be distributed to fans in attendance with the first 3,000 fans attending picking up a color card at the door. During the first period marketing timeout, a game of "Plinko" will decide the winning color. Bobblehead distribution will begin during the first intermission in the Keystone Centre's MNP Hall.

"On behalf of all RE/MAX associates in Western Canada, we're super stoked to be partnering with Don Cherry again this year for this fantastic night of hockey fun and fundraising for the terrific cause, The Kidney Foundation of Canada," said Elaine Langhout of RE/MAX of Western Canada. "My family was affected by kidney disease so it's a cause close to my heart. We encourage fans to come out and support the night when it comes to their town!"

"Thanks to RE/MAX, the WHL and all its fans, the number of transplants last year increased by 13 per cent," said Don Cherry. "Let's keep this momentum going by signing your donor card and talking to your family. It only makes sense."

"The WHL and our 17 Western Canadian-based Clubs are very excited to be working with RE/MAX, the WHL's longest-standing corporate partner, to once again this season promote donations and raise additional funds for the Kidney Foundation of Canada," commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. "Thanks to the direct involvement of hockey icon Don Cherry and his family and our RE/MAX partnership, we are confident our fans across Western Canada will once again show their strong support for this very important cause."

During this year's program, WHL Clubs will sport their own unique and specially-designed Don Cherry-themed uniforms on a designated game night. This year, players will sport uniforms emblazoned with fun nicknames as opposed to traditional surnames across their shoulders. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on the limited-edition jerseys, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to local chapters of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. In addition to game-worn uniforms, fans will have the chance to bid on one Don Cherry-autographed jersey in each participating WHL market.

The Kidney Foundation is a cause close to the Cherry family. Don's son, Tim, received a kidney transplant from his sister Cindy. With close to 4,500 Canadians awaiting organ donation today - 76 per cent whom require a kidney - the Cherry family, RE/MAX and the WHL have come together to create this awareness campaign in support of the Kidney Foundation; who will have a booth at each game to field questions and hand out donation information.

To receive more information on this promotion or to sign up to be a donor visit CanadaDonates.ca for more details.

Tickets to Don Cherry Night, as well as all of the Wheat Kings remaining regular season home games, including Wednesday night vs. Edmonton are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com.


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