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Remembering Amber

Participants in the first annual softball tournament in memory of the late Amber Chippett in 2016. During the event last year, two $1000-scholarships were awarded. On Sept. 2, the second annual tournament will be held, rain or shine, and one $1,000 scholarship and four $500 scholarships will be awarded to 2017 graduates of Lakeside Academy, where Amber graduated in June 2015. For this year’s tournament, the Chippetts are happy to say 85 t-shirts were donated for participating teams thanks to the generosity of sponsors Kelly Ford, Airport Mazda, Discount Auto, Hickman Motors, Grand Toyota, Hyundai, Riverview Motors, S & S Auto, Thruway and Islander RV.
Participants in the first annual softball tournament in memory of the late Amber Chippett in 2016. During the event last year, two $1000-scholarships were awarded. On Sept. 2, the second annual tournament will be held, rain or shine, and one $1,000 scholarship and four $500 scholarships will be awarded to 2017 graduates of Lakeside Academy, where Amber graduated in June 2015. For this year’s tournament, the Chippetts are happy to say 85 t-shirts were donated for participating teams thanks to the generosity of sponsors Kelly Ford, Airport Mazda, Discount Auto, Hickman Motors, Grand Toyota, Hyundai, Riverview Motors, S & S Auto, Thruway and Islander RV.

Tremendous outpouring of support for Amber Chippett Memorial Scholarship

BUCHANS, NL – Efforts by the Chippett family of Buchans Junction and Buchans to keep the memory of daughter, sister, grandchild, niece and cousin Amber Chippett alive have been very successful.

Known for her outgoing personality, her love of family, friends, hockey and softball, the late Amber was just 18 when she died in a tragic car accident just kilometres from her home on Sept. 4, 2015.

Amber’s mother Michelle Chippett, along with her large circle of family and friends, have raised money for scholarships in her memory. The first year, 2016, two $1,000-scholarships were awarded to Nathan Budden and Kylee Peters from proceeds primarily raised in a skate-a-thon.

The second annual Skate-a-thon held March 18, 2017 yielded $4,079.25.

“We would like to thank all who have helped make this possible,” Michelle says as she prepares for another softball tournament. “The children who helped raise the money have done an exceptional thing. We raised more than we ever thought possible and because of this, we are able to give out five awards to five students who graduated this past year and are going to post-secondary this fall.”

The effort has meant a lot to Michelle.

“Seeing all the people that miss (Amber) and feel our pain, and all that are there to support us in keeping Amber’s memory alive – Amber touched so many people in so many ways. May she never be forgotten.”

One little boy, Sebastian Chippett (no relation) donated all his birthday money to the fundraiser, said Michelle.
“It just melted my heart.”

The support didn’t stop at family and friends during that fundraiser. Ice time, prizes and food were donated from various businesses including Grant’s Sports Excellence, GCR Tire, Sport Chek, First Choice Vision, The Bistro, Alteen’s Jewlery, and Colemans. Family tended to the canteen and a friend handled all the donations.

As a token of appreciation and a memento for all supporters, Sport Chek donated a hockey puck with a picture of Amber on a sticker as a reminder of Amber’s love of the game she played for years. Other memory stickers were donated by Morgan Printing in Bishop’s Falls.

As in 2016, scholarships will be announced and presented following a fun softball tournament at the Buchans field Sept 2. There will be free hot dogs and pop, and all are welcome.
For anyone who would like to do so, donations towards next year’s event will be gratefully accepted.

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