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Calgary chuckwagon racer raises funds for Kennedy Centre

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According to Shaw Cable, chuckwagon racer Rae Croteau Jr. of Sundre, Alberta has helped raise $15,000 to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. Croteau Jr. helped promote the center while competing at the 2014 Calgary Stampede.

Croteau Jr., a native of Sundre, Alberta, an hour north of Calgary, finished in second place in the 2014 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Dash for Cash, behind Kurt Bensmiller of Dewberry, Alberta. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center opened on May 23, 2013 and is named after former Calgary Flame Sheldon Kennedy, who was sexually abused by his hockey coach Graham James, while playing for the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League.

Located across the street of the Alberta Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in the Child Development Centre, members of the association assist in social work assessment, child development evaluation, psychological support, psychiatric support, child development evaluation. They also have the goals to prevent sexual abuse, assist in investigation when there are allegations, educate the public about sexual abuse and treat children who have faced sexual abuse.

Kennedy, a native of Brandon, Manitoba played for the Calgary Flames from 1994-1996. Over his two seasons, he scored 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 71 regular season games.

On Sunday, Croteau Jr. said that hopefully he helped raise awareness to the Centre, which has become a very important institution in the city of Calgary over the last year. Over the last few years, Kennedy had a dream to open a complex where children could be assessed properly.

If you would like to donate to the centre, you can contact, (403) 428-5437. Its address is 400, 3820 24th avenue NW. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre also is a registered charity that is also funded by the Calgary Police Foundation.

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