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LETTER: Quesnel Kangaroos support idea of Junior hockey, but only if paid $100k

Sr team contends they can’t live without that amount; ditto says Jr-A proponent
The Quesnel Kangaroos of the Central Interior Hockey League (Quesnel Kangaroos logo)

The Quesnel Kangaroos are in full support of Junior hockey.

Your Quesnel Kangaroos would like to bring forward important information to the community, our fans, volunteers, and sponsors.

As a hockey club we want to be clear on the situation that has recently come forward. We would love a Junior team here. As an entire organization we fully support it and want to work together with them. Without sponsorship close to what we get now, we wouldn’t be able to continue running this historic organization.

We are a non-profit organization which means we are owned by you - the community. The majority of our funds to run this team comes from sponsorship. If someone comes in and wants to take all the work we’ve done for 15 years and says we will take that and get more - but only give you 25 per cent or at max $50,000, the Roos will fold within a year. We know what we need to make it work. We have proven year after year, know the financial burden, and costs to run this team.

Earlier this week, we were included in the North Cariboo Joint Advisory Committee meeting - again, in full support and wanting to work together with a new team, but as Rob McMillan went on with his presentation, he was against helping the Kangaroos out with the sponsorship, offering as stated above at max $50,000.

The matter of giving up our sponsorship would not make our team viable therefore the sponsorship must be split between two teams if no other advertising options are given in the West Fraser Centre. Without $100,000 of the sponsorship proceeds the Roos will have to fold and we are not willing to let this team slip through our fingers. We would love to see someone bring a team to this community that we can work together with and have two great organizations here in Quesnel so that you can watch high caliber hockey every weekend.

If you feel inclined to contribute your opinion to this matter, please feel free to reach out.

Thank you


Quesnel Kangaroos Hockey Club

Frank Peebles

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I started my career with Black Press Media fresh out of BCIT in 1994, as part of the startup of the Prince George Free Press, then editor of the Lakes District News.
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