BUCHANS, NL – March 3 was a rough day for the Chippett family of Buchans. Throughout T. A. Soper Memorial Stadium were reminders of their late daughter, Amber Chippett, during the third annual Skate for Amber Chippett Scholarship Fundraiser.
Amber was 18 when she died in a motor vehicle accident on the Buchans Highway near her home in Buchans Junction Sept. 4, 2015. She is remembered for her outgoing personality, her smile and her love of hockey.
Her family established a scholarship fund in her memory to be distributed to students at her former school, Lakeside Academy.
Amber had enrolled in a heavy duty mechanic course at Dietrack in Lewisporte shortly before the accident.
Saturday's event was well attended. From the time the doors opened for the hockey game between the Buchans Minors and the Buchans rec hockey team to the end of the afternoon game between the Chickletts (one of Amber's nicknames) and the rec team, donations were dropped off and tickets and food were purchased, making it a very successful day.
The Town of Buchans donated ice time for the hockey games and free skating. Participants on the ice ranged in age from just over one year to over 80.
Many players had spent time on the ice with Amber in minor hockey and rec hockey, and on teams from Springdale and Grand Falls-Windsor.
The event was overwhelming at times for Amber's mom, Michelle Chippett, but she spent the time talking to participants, supervising volunteers and cheering on the hockey players.
Along with volunteers, many sponsors stepped up for the event, said Michelle.
“I would like to personally thank each and every one who took part in any way for making the third annual Skate for Amber a great success,” she wrote in a prepared statement, “from the people who donated, bought tickets, those who took part in the skate, the hockey players young and old, the parents who helped them collect sponsors and everyone who attended.
“The graduation class stepped up and relieved a lot of pressure from me – each and every one of them did their part and more.”
Individual sponsors ranged from $25 to $606, and one boy, Sebastian Chippett (no relation) donated his birthday money again this year.
The final tally for the scholarship fund is not yet available, but according to Michelle, “all eight students will be pleased with the final results.”
Anyone wishing to donate can contact Michelle or Lakeside Academy.