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Calgarians trade teddy bears for photos with Chris Jericho at Owen Hart Foundation event

Calgarians trade teddy bears for photos with Chris Jericho at Owen Hart Foundation event
Calgarians trade teddy bears for photos with Chris Jericho at Owen Hart Foundation event

The Owen Hart Foundation and All Elite Wrestling came together in Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood on Tuesday night to help children in need.

During the OHF/AEW Kensington BBQ Block Party, legendary Canadian wrestler Chris Jericho posed for photos with anyone who could pass along a teddy bear.

Jericho pointed out that for some, a teddy bear might be something simple: you get it, say thank you, and put it in a corner somewhere.

But for others, he said, it can be something very, very important.

“It can become an indispensable companion for a child,” Jericho said.

“I used to have a stuffed giraffe for company.”

The Owen Hart Foundation “was established in 2000 in memory of renowned Canadian wrestler Owen Hart. The foundation aims to provide opportunities to hardworking people with limited resources but unlimited possibilities.”

During the OHF/AEW Kensington BBQ Block Party, legendary Canadian wrestler Chris Jericho posed for photos with anyone who could pass along a teddy bear.

For Jericho, being there to help on Tuesday was a “full circle moment.”

Jericho, originally from Winnipeg, lived and trained in Calgary with the Harts.

“Owen was a great guy, we know that, but for me personally he was also a huge influence as a wrestler and was one of the reasons I got into wrestling in the first place,” he said.

As the evening progressed, the pile of teddy bears grew bigger and bigger.

“Calgary is a great community – (Calgarians) always show up,” said Martha Hart, Owen Hart’s widow and OHF founder and director.