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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2005
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Eastlink Television is pre-empting its Wednesday evening broadcast schedule to carry a fundraising game being played in honour of Sébastien Savage. The Moncton Aigles Bleus hockey player was left paralyzed in his upper and lower extremities after an accident during a game on Oct. 22.
The game between the Saint Mary’s Huskies and Moncton Aigles Bleus is being played at the Halifax Forum and will air on Eastlink Television at 7:00 P.M. The make-up game is being played in Sébastien Savage’s honour with all proceeds from ticket sales going to Sébastien and his Family. The Saint Mary’s Huskies were originally scheduled to play the team on October 26 but delayed the game as the Aigles Bleus and the University Sport community came to grips with the accident.
“As a supporter of Atlantic University Sport and the local hockey community, we knew we wanted to play a role,” says Michael Smith, Director of Eastlink Television. “While we want to encourage people to attend the game, we wanted to provide an option that would allow everyone to participate in this special fundraiser and have an opportunity to provide a donation to Sébastien and his Family.”
Eastlink has set-up a pledge line for viewers to call to make a donation during the broadcast. Within the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), viewers can call 405-GIVE (4483) or outside of HRM, toll free 1-866-405-GIVE (4483). Phone lines will be open from 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Eastlink is providing the telephone lines for the broadcast, including a toll free number that will be accessible throughout the Atlantic Provinces, and Eastlink employees are volunteering their time to answer the calls.
Phil Currie, Executive Director, Atlantic University Sport says, " Atlantic University Sport was very saddened by the unfortunate accident that left Sebastian paralyzed. We are extremely proud of the programs, including Saint Mary's, that are making an extra effort to provide as much support as they can for Sebastian and his family. We are also thankful to Eastlink Television for providing room in their schedule to cover the game Wednesday night."
"We are looking for the community to join the efforts of the Saint Mary’s Varsity athletes as we try and help a fellow student athlete and his family,” said Trevor Stienburg, Head Coach, Saint Mary’s Huskies. “We need to rally for Sébastien Savage."
Rogers Television has agreed to carry Eastlink Television’s broadcast live to viewers in New Brunswick.
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